Starting lineups: Nats vs. Braves in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Nationals used to face the Braves a bunch in spring training, back when they trained only an hour from Atlanta’s complex at Walt Disney World. Now that they’re 2 1/2 hours away, they face their longtime division rivals only once: today at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

gio-gonzalez-smile-pitching-sidebar.jpgGio González is on the mound, looking to continue his dominant spring and remain as efficient as he was last time out (49 pitches in five innings). The left-hander could be the first member of the rotation to reach the sixth inning this spring if everything goes well today. He’ll also be the first Nats pitcher to bat this spring, with the DH no longer in play.

Several regulars are in the lineup, with Adam Eaton getting a chance to lead off for a change after having spent most of the last week batting sixth or seventh. Dusty Baker continues to get as many different lineup looks as he can before settling on what he’ll use once the team heads north.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EST
TV: None
Radio: MLB.com (Braves broadcast)
Weather: Partly cloudy, 76 degrees, wind 7 mph in from right field

NATIONALS
CF Adam Eaton
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
3B Stephen Drew
SS Wilmer Difo
2B Emmanuel Burriss
C Matt Wieters
LHP Gio González

BRAVES
CF Emilio Bonifacio
SS Dansby Swanson
3B Adonis García
C Tyler Flowers
2B Jace Peterson
RF Chase d’Arnaud
1B Matt Tuiasosopo
LF Ray-Patrick Didder
RHP Mike Foltynewicz

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