Mar 31, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Josh Willingham is tagged out trying to steal third in the second inning.
JUPITER, Fla. We're back at Roger Dean Stadium. Why does it feel like we just left this place? Oh, that's because the Nationals played here yesterday against the Marlins. Today, they've got the Cardinals.
Manager Jim Riggleman, his coaching staff and some roster members were forced to make the trip back and forth from Viera the last two days, and they'll do the same tomorrow when the Nats play against the Mets in Port St. Lucie (only about 30 minutes north of Jupiter). Your trusty reporter, on the other hand, already checked out of his hotel yesterday and spent last night at another hotel only 10 minutes from this stadium. So I'm refreshed and ready to go.
John Lannan gets the start today, but there probably won't be much noteworthy about that. Lannan will only throw 70-75 pitches, as the Nats try to keep him fresh for Monday's season opener against the Phillies.
The larger storyline in this game will be Cristian Guzman's debut at second base. He did play one inning there yesterday — and yes, I missed it completely because I was in the clubhouse interviewing Garrett Mock at the time — but today he's starting. Guzman spent some considerable time this morning fielding grounders and turning double plays with Ian Desmond, who was at shortstop. Desmond (who has barely played any second base in his career) actually at one point walked over and showed Guzman the proper way to turn a double play without getting your legs broken by a hard-charging baserunner. Have to say, though, Guzman didn't look half-bad over there. As I type this, I'm also noticing he's working out at first base, taking throws in the dirt, etc., while wearing what I have to assume is someone else's first baseman's glove (Adam Dunn? Mike Morse?).
Check back for updates all afternoon…
NATIONALS AT CARDINALS
Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Fla.
Gametime: 1:05 p.m.
Weather: Sunny, 73 degrees, Wind 8 mph in from LF
CF Nyjer Morgan
RF Willie Harris
2B Cristian Guzman
LF Josh Willingham
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