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Nats vs. Cardinals — 3/26/10

Mar 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
John Lannan struggled early but rebounded over his 5 2/3 innings.

VIERA, Fla. — After some vicious storms overnight and a cloudy morning here at Space Coast Stadium, the sun is beginning to emerge and we will have baseball this afternoon.

The Cardinals are back in town for the third time this spring, bringing their entire "A" lineup, aside from Albert Pujols. The reigning MVP was actually supposed to make this trip, but manager Tony La Russa decided at the last minute not to subject Pujols (who has battled some back issues this spring) to the two-hour bus ride up I-95.

John Lannan, still the Nats' presumptive Opening Day starter even though that hasn't been made official, is on the mound for the home team. The left-hander has had a very nice, unspectacular spring, which is exactly what you want out of your top starter. He could go as many as six innings today if he keeps his pitch count down.

Check back throughout the day for updates…

Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Fla.
Gametime: 1:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: WFED-1500 AM
Weather: Partly cloudy, 75 degrees, Wind 13 mph RF to LF

3B Willie Harris
SS Cristian Guzman
2B Adam Kennedy
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. LoveDaNats - Mar 26, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Mark, I think they are broadcasting on WFED today.

  2. Anonymous - Mar 26, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Just FYI – both MLB At Bat and the fednewsradio site say today's game will be on Nationals radio. Please don't be offended if I say I hope they're right and you're wrong.

  3. Doc - Mar 26, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Mark: Have we got any direct evaluations on Mike Morse's play by the coaching staff? He seems to be doing at least a competent job in the field.

  4. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 26, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    You guys are indeed correct: The game is on 1500 AM. The Nats' pregame notes had no broadcast listed for today, but Charlie and Dave are in the booth and ready to go.

  5. peric - Mar 26, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    I wonder if Guzman becomes the next FLop this year?

  6. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 26, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Doc: Coaches have generally had good things to say about Morse. He's a good athlete overall, came up as a shortstop before he outgrew the position. He's not really going to be above-average at any one position, but he'll hold his own at first base, right field and left field.

  7. peric - Mar 26, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    He plays 3rd base pretty well. Was his main position in Syracuse.

  8. greg - Mar 26, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    peric, according to baseball reference, 3B was *not* his main position in syracuse. he played nearly twice as many games at 1B (27) as he did at 3B (15). i often wonder where you get your information.presuming you don't live in syracuse and didn't watch him play those 15 games, what is your basis for saying he plays 3B pretty well?

  9. Jim back from ST - Mar 26, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Looks like has lost the audio feed for the game. Heard the first part of the top of first but then lost audio. They are blaming it on WFED.

  10. Positively Half St. - Mar 26, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Has there been any hint anywhere that the Nats might be interested in Chad Gaudin, who was released by the Yankees very recently? If not, why not?

  11. Nervous Nats Fan - Mar 26, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    What was the thinking behind playing Pudge in the night game and then again in today's game? It's still spring training, let's not wear him out yet!

  12. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 26, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Nervous Nats Fan: Riggleman wants to start making sure his regulars play some back-to-back games, seeing as how they'll be doing that (and more) 10 days from now.

  13. greg - Mar 26, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    still, it's kind of unusual for a catcher to play a day game after a night game. that's why you quite often have backup catchers playing a lot of sunday afternoon games, right?

  14. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 26, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Greg: True, though I can assure you, if Pudge didn't want to play today, he would have told Riggleman and would be on the bench this afternoon.

  15. Anonymous - Mar 26, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    It's not WFED – MLB has lost all of its audio feeds.Looks like you were right, Mark :)

  16. K.D. - Mar 26, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Plus, Pudge hasn't caught all nine innings in any one game yet. This year is probably a breeze compared to last season not having to play winter ball, the Classic than a shortened Spring Training with a new team.

  17. Positively Half St. - Mar 26, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Willie Harris is having a good game. Drive him in Guzman.

  18. Anonymous - Mar 26, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    I read somewhere that Morse's main position in Syracuse was 3rd base.I remember reading that he played it pretty well too.

  19. alexva - Mar 26, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Pudge goes deep!

  20. K.D. - Mar 26, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Atta boy, Pudge.

  21. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 26, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Has the radio broadcast come back on? Charlie and Dave have been talking into their microphones for the last two hours. (Though that doesn't necessarily mean they're on the air.)

  22. Anonymous - Mar 26, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    i read somewhere that Morse was born a conjoined twin and that it was his separated conjoined twin brother that was better at 3rd base.

  23. alexva - Mar 26, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    It came back on about 45 minutes ago

  24. K.D. - Mar 26, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Mr. Z, I'm listening on

  25. LoveDaNats - Mar 26, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    What else does Willie Harris have to do before theNats give him chance to play every day in right field? He has proven himself, not only in ST but the previous season. Do it guys, you won't be sorry.

  26. Anonymous - Mar 26, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    What Willie has proven, over his entire career, is that he's a .260 hitter with little power. He is very valuable as a bench player and an asset to the team in the clubhouse.





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