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Nats at Mets – 2/28/11

Feb 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
DigitalDomain Park, spring home of the New York Mets.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Let the games begin.

The Grapefruit League begins this afternoon for the Nationals, who open exhibition play against their division rivals from Queens at the recently renamed DigitalDomain Park. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?

The big story today, of course, is Bryce Harper's debut. The 18-year-old outfielder made the trip but is not in the Nats' starting lineup. He's slated to enter sometime later in the game and get at least one at-bat. He won't be facing Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, but there's a decent chance he'll face veteran reliever Jason Isringhausen, who is slated to come out of the bullpen for New York.

Chad Gaudin, attempting to make the roster as either the No. 5 starter or as a long reliever, gets the nod for the Nationals. The right-hander will throw either two or three innings, depending on his pitch count. Other pitchers scheduled to appear today include Craig Stammen, Brian Broderick, Doug Slaten and Todd Coffey.

Several regulars (Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth, Adam LaRoche, Ivan Rodriguez) did not make the trip today and will make their debuts tomorrow at home. But we will get a good look at the double-play combo of Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa, Nyjer Morgan in center field and both Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores behind the plate.

Plenty of updates to come, so be sure to check back throughout…

DigitalDomain Park, Port St. Lucie
Gametime: 1:10 p.m.
TV: SNY (New York), (live online), MLB Network (tape delay, 9:30 p.m.)
Weather: Sunny, 82 degrees, Wind 19 mph out to LF

CF Nyjer Morgan
SS Ian Desmond
LF Roger Bernadina
RF Mike Morse

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  1. Doc - Feb 28, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    All eyes are on Kevin-Jeff Barker!

  2. Joe Drugan - Feb 28, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Those of you that have already purchased MLB At Bat 2011 for iPhone (like me) should be able to view for free during the spring. Doubt there's any blackouts considering it's not on locally, but I could be wrong. Anyone know for sure?

  3. Souldrummer - Feb 28, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Mets need to name their stadium "CashPoint" park or something. "Get the cash you need in a flash at Cashpoint!" Got to meet payroll and keep paying Bobby Bonilla when your owners are going broke and likely facing litigation.

  4. SCNatsFan - Feb 28, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    I really believe Gaudin has a chance to be the 2011 version of Batista

  5. Doc - Feb 28, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    According to the news, Bernie Madeoff is part owner of the Mets!I wonder if his cell mates get free caps??

  6. The Joker - Feb 28, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Barker has as much chance of playing firstbase in Washington as he has as being a carnival barker at the Prince George's County Fair.

  7. PSwib - Feb 28, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    @Joe DruganThere are no blackouts for spring training games. We'll be able to watch locally this afternoon.

  8. onesandfours - Feb 28, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Does anyone know if this game will have a radio broadcast?

  9. Pswib - Feb 28, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    @onesandfoursNo radio broadcast is listed on the MLB broadcasts page, so I'd assume that there isn't one.

  10. sjm 308 - Feb 28, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Not sure where to post this but a baseball legend passed yesterday in Duke Snider. I was extremely disappointed that this was not even noted on the front page of the Post and actually was not even on the front page of the sports. Duke was more than just the 3rd centerfielder In NYC in the great decade of the 50's. Terry Cashman's song did a lot to bring attention back to him, but in the 50's NO ONE hit more home runs and NO ONE had more rbi's (you can look it up). Watching the Senators in the 50's I got more then my share of Mantle and Williams but never got to see Mays, Musial or Snider.What an era and what a great time to get introduced to baseball. That being said, I am so excited about what I hope this team can produce in the next few years. Go Nats!!

  11. Souldrummer - Feb 28, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    As we prepare to watch the Mets and the great Willie Harris, I'm reminded that we may truly be able to boot them to the cellar this year.For your reading pleasure. Looks like Uncle Bud had to lend the Metsies 25M to keep going last year.

  12. HabsProf - Feb 28, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    @sjm 308Further your note on Snider – he was the long time voice of the Expos along with Dave Van Horne, so he has a link to this franchise. Many of us old Expos fans remember listening to the Duke and Dave on the radio.

  13. Doc - Feb 28, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    The Duke was a good color guy–fun to watch and to listen. He introduced me to the Expos.

  14. mjr - Feb 28, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Now that games have started again, my productivity at work is headed downhill as I keep switching back over to NI and hit reload. I couldn't be happier.

  15. LoveDaNats - Feb 28, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Watching the game on MLB tv and all is right with the world……….

  16. Anonymous - Feb 28, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Is it a requirement to swing at the first pitch you see in ST games or what? Or maybe MLB gameday is being lazy and reporting only the 'balls in play' pitches?Anyways, Nats lead 3-2. Should have replaced Morgan with Harper when we know Morgan can't do **** with runners on.

  17. LoveDaNats - Feb 28, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Stammen is a bit rusty. Or he's just Stammen.

  18. Anonymous - Feb 28, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    game is blacked out in Harrisburg on sny pch

  19. Bethesda Fan - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    We paid for gameday but are not receiving picture.Anonymous says that his MLB gameday is showing some action.Any advice.

  20. Rat Man - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Harper is up shortly. Wouldn't be funny if Ingenhauser beaned Harper just for the Hell of it. Teach Harper manners.

  21. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Taylors Tankersly throws 3 pitches and Harper WHIFFS… Welcome to the show kid.

  22. DFL - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Mike Morse might very soon make me a believer that he is a later blossom. He blasted a two run homer just a moment ago.

  23. Anonymous - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Been watching the entire game on mlbtv? No problems here. Excellent reception too many Mets interviews with players and prospects in the dugout or behind the backstop. In other words you miss some stuff.

  24. A DC Wonk - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Random thoughts of interest:1. Attempting to steal third?2. Only one walk by the Nats pitching staff so far!

  25. Doc - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Go Michael Morse! RF-Morse; CF-Bernadina; RF-Werth!Goooooooooooo Nats!

  26. MGG - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    I like the way this game is going! I know you shouldn't take anything out of spring training games but these things have stuck out at me so far (I can only see offensive numbers since I'm at work):1)Morgan might be finished, 3AB and not a single base hit? 2)Desmond seems to be hitting well today I know its the lowly mets (and there up and comers to boot)3) What was thrown to harper where he went three and out?

  27. JD - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    MGG said:1)Morgan might be finished, 3AB and not a single base hit? Really; after 1 spring training game? Wow; you waited all winter for this; right?

  28. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    1)Morgan might be finished, 3AB and not a single base hit? you're kidding, right?

  29. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    If you're talking about Bernadina as being thrown out stealing, he ran on a ball that got away from the catcher. Catchers for the Mets are notoriously bad at this time so it was the proper play. It's just that the catcher actually did his job and kept it in play AND made a good throw.Tankersly threw three staright sliders.And Morgan made 4 outs in 3 at bats.

  30. Doc - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    With Mike O'Connor on the mound, the Mets rebuilding program is underway!

  31. Anonymous - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    I think we should at least wait until after the second spring training game to officially mark the end of Morgan's career. Just sayin.

  32. JD - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    NatsJack, I know how you feel about Morgan but to even discuss his performance in one spring training game is a little wild. no?

  33. MGG - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    @JD I just think its time to switch it up, we've seen what he can do AGAIN which isn't much. I've been a supporter of Morgan and this tean since day one and I'm tired of this. No more mediocrity and I know its hard to find a leadoff hitter but Morgan in my opinion is definitely not it anymore.

  34. Anonymous - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Baseball America is projecting Bryce Harper to strike out 640 times in his first full season. I think that's harsh.

  35. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Just keeping score….

  36. JD - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    That's it. Morse to the HOF.

  37. JD - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Oh no. Harper struck out again.

  38. A DC Wonk - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    … and another Morse homer!!Followed by another 3-pitch swinging strike-out by Harper.As others have already said: welcome to the bigs, kid!

  39. A DC Wonk - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    >>If you're talking about Bernadina as being thrown out stealing, he ran on a ball that got away from the catcher.>>Thanks for the info. (Those, obviously, are things you can't get from a boxscore!)And, note, I wasn't criticizing it, just noting it with interest. And, now that you've filled me in, it's of even less interest ;-)Thanks

  40. HHover - Feb 28, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    I say if Harper strikes out in his next ST at-bat, the Nats need to trade him pronto–I'm thinking Pittsburgh, and demand at least a used cleat cleaner in return.

  41. Natsochist - Feb 28, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Down in Viera the other day, Morse was talking about wanting to homer in the first game. Glad to see he got the opportunity to do so twice!

  42. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 28, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Anybody going to be at the game in Viera tomorrow? Livan starts against R.A. Dickey. Throw away the radar gun.

  43. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 28, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    OK, then *I* want to homer in MY first game back, too.

  44. A DC Wonk - Feb 28, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    >>Anybody going to be at the game in Viera tomorrow? Livan starts against R.A. Dickey. Throw away the radar gun. >>You have a sundial in storage you can use?





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