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Harper, Rendon likely to start this weekend

Feb 27, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper should get considerable playing time this spring.

VIERA, Fla. — It doesn't look like the Nationals will have to wait too long to see their two most recent top draft picks in the starting lineup.

Manager Davey Johnson suggested today that 2011 first-round pick Anthony Rendon will start at third base Friday in the club's exhibition opener against Georgetown University and 2010 No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper will start in right field Saturday in the Grapefruit League opener at the Astros.

Johnson has been saying all week he's particularly interested in seeing what kind of production he can get from his left-handed bats, hoping to balance out a lineup heavy with right-handed sluggers (Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse, Jayson Werth). With right-hander (and ex-National) Livan Hernandez slated to be on the mound for Houston Saturday in Kissimmee, Johnson will try to stack his lineup with asRead more ยป

  1. Cease the Opportunity - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Oh boy!

  2. Unkyd - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    I feel like I've died and gone to Iowa…. If any if y'all pinches me, I'm gonna be plenty steamed! ;-)

  3. SCNatsFan - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Poor Matt Skole… drafted by the Nats and have Zim and Rendon infront of you.

  4. Scooter - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    I have begun quivering and will not cease doing so till I arrive in Viera 48 hours hence.Please excuse the resultant typograhicsail errossl.

  5. Scooter - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    (By the way, I didn't do that on purpose. But I did decide to leave it.)

  6. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    I'll be at Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays games this week end. Can't wait!

  7. SonnyG10 - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    I'm green with envy, Scooter. Wish I was going to see them in ST. Enjoy your trip!

  8. NatsLady - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    I would lose my job if I drank, or even smelled of drink– whether on a break or not. So I don't have much sympathy if the Red Sox players are complaining. They are getting paid big money to sit around, so, fellas, sit around and support your teammates.http://content.usatoday.com/communities/dailypitch/post/2012/02/bobby-valentine-terry-francona-beer-ban/1#.T0vuIIcgdDs

  9. natsfan1a - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Have fun, Scooter!

  10. Scooter - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Eh, different expectations, NatsLady. I worked in the performing arts too, and we had plenty of production meetings where everyone had a beer in hand.But yeah, nobody should be complaining about a beer ban. There's no basic right to drink at work.

  11. JaneB - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Scooter! I am so excited for you! NatsJack too! Please write early and often about what you observe.The NON-BUSINESS part of me is glad I am not going to see Livan in a different uniform. I know we don't have room for him, but it would still make me cry. Not in a good way.

  12. NatsNuts - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    I just checked AirTran, US Air and Delta from Washington to Orlando for Friday to Monday. Looks like $920 round trip. I really want to go! Add hotel and rental car and thinking $1,400.

  13. sec3mymotorsickle - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    That sickle train is looking more and more appealing.

  14. natsfan1a - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    NatsNuts, did you check on sites like Travelocity, Kayak, or Expedia? I would think they could do better than those fares.

  15. natsfan1a - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    In fact, I seem to recall I got a fare-watcher email touting a RT fare of $183 over the weekend, but I deleted it and don't remember which airline (sorry).

  16. natsfan1a - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Just looked at Travelocity, Kayak, and TripAdvisor for Friday to Monday and was getting under $400 RT from WAS to Orlando. TripAdvisor was showing one for under $300 if your dates were flexible. (Dang, I wish I was going.)

  17. natsfan1a - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Aha, found it, as I'd not emptied my email trash. It was an AirTran deal via TripAdvisor ($184 RT), but with travel from March 13-20. Even so, their fares for this coming weekend are considerably cheaper than what NatsNuts was quoted. Also, if you have AAA or a similar travel service, as an agent to find you a better fare. Okay, taking off my travel planning hat and putting on my Nats cap now.

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