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Nats vs. Red Sox — 4/3/10

Apr 3, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Home sweet home: Nationals Park is back open for business today.

Hello from 1500 South Capitol Street, otherwise known as Nationals Park, site of today's exhibition against the Boston Red Sox.

It's a beautiful day here in the District, actually I'd say much nicer than most days in Viera this spring. Funny how that works. The cherry blossoms behind the left-field fence are just starting to bloom; I'd guess they'll be in full bloom just in time for the Nats to head out on the road Friday. Funny how that works.

They'll be playing with AL rules today, so Cristian Guzman is serving as DH. Too bad they can't just use him like that all season.

Check back for updates and analysis throughout the game, and check the homepage for other news and notes…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m.
TV: MASN, MLB Network
Radio: WFED-1500 AM
Weather: Partly cloudy, 74 degrees, Wind 12 mph out to LF

CF Nyjer Morgan
DH Cristian Guzman
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. Doc - Apr 3, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    You'll probably hear more of this, but given Desmond's better OBP, why not bat him 2nd. Of course, it may not matter in an DH lineup with the pitcher not hitting–he's getting on for the meat of the lineup.

  2. JayB - Apr 3, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Mark,Can Olsen be claimed as part of his "option" to minor league roster…is this a way to work up trade for RFer?

  3. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 3, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    JayB: My understanding is no, Olsen cannot be claimed. Straight option to Syracuse.

  4. Dan - Apr 3, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Guys on the radio keep talking about how big the crowd is – how big is it?

  5. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 3, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Dan: They haven't announced official paid attendance number yet, but I think it's got to be at least 35,000. Number may wind up being misleading, though, because there are a bunch of giveaways to D.C. residents (part of the longstanding agreement between the team and the city for this annual exhibition game).

  6. Jeff Wang - Apr 3, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    8 relievers? we need 16…

  7. peric - Apr 3, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    I thought Josh Reddick robbed Zimmerman?

  8. peric - Apr 3, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    04/03/10 Washington Nationals optioned Roger Bernadina to Syracuse Chiefs.Washington Nationals optioned Scott Olsen to Syracuse Chiefs.04/02/10 RHP Rafael Martin assigned to Washington Nationals.04/01/10 Washington Nationals optioned Luis Atilano to Syracuse Chiefs.

  9. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 3, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    You're right. It was Reddick. My scorecard's a mess. I need to step up my game starting Monday! :)

  10. natsfan1a - Apr 4, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    There *were* a lot of Sox fans there. Now I have some feeling for what it must be like to be an O's fan. I feel your pain.The game's more exciting with a full house, I think. Would be nice if they were mostly rooting for the home 9, though. A few times I wasn't watching and looked up after the crowd cheered a play. D'oh! A Nat had just made an out. Faked me out a few times. :-)That was a great catch by Reddick. I turned to ask the Sox fans next to me who he was, and they didn't know. I figured he must be from their farm system. After some Googling, evidently #2 of their top 10 prospects.

  11. Mrs. Z. - Apr 4, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    A predictably disappointing show, as seen from the upper deck. I am keeping my fingers crossed that things will look better from the 300 section of Blair County Ballpark next Sunday, when I watch Strasburg's regular season debut. Hope to see some of you there!

  12. natsfan1a - Apr 4, 2010 at 2:16 AM

    I don't think we'll make it, but enjoy!We met the most delightful working dog at Nats Park after the game. He was in training for Paws for Purple Hearts, which seems like a great cause (evidently he works with the wounded vets at Walter Reed). His name was Niles (and I was tempted to ask where Frasier was, but refrained).BTW, I did like Dunn's diving stop, too. :-)





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