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Nats vs. Hoyas – 3/2/12

Mar 2, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Space Coast Stadium hosts the Georgetown Hoyas this afternoon.

VIERA, Fla. — Though the Nationals are sitting nearly all of their regulars, manager Davey Johnson is plenty interested to get a look at the players he'll be putting out there in his exhibition opener against Georgetown. That includes right fielder Bryce Harper, third baseman Anthony Rendon and left-hander Matt Purke (scheduled to throw 2-3 innings).

"This is going to be fun for me," Johnson said, "seeing guys I haven't seen perform before in a game."

This is also going to be fun for the Hoyas baseball club, which gets to enjoy an exhibition against a professional organization before heading to Winter Haven for an eight-game tournament against other Northeast college teams that have to come down here for good baseball weather.

"It's a huge thrill for them," said coach Pete Wilk, whose club is 6-2 so far this season. "I heard my shortstop talking about the infield, how unbelievable it is taking groundballs out here. We walked into the clubhouse and their names are up on their lockers. I mean, we don't get that experience. These guys are getting a big-league experience that they won't forget. They won't forget this."

This game isn't being broadcast anywhere, but you're in luck. I'll be providing updates throughout, so please make sure to check back often as the Nationals take the field for the first time in 2012…

GEORGETOWN HOYAS vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Space Coast Stadium, Viera
Gametime: 12 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: None
Weather: Partly cloudy, 81 degrees, Wind 10 mph in from CF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS
2B Steve Lombardozzi
LF Xavier Paul
RF Bryce Harper
1B Tyler Moore

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  1. LoveDaNats - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Yay Mark! I was hoping we'd get the scoop from you.

  2. Paul - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Please note that this lineup of prospects is better than a vast majority of the retreads and has beens that they put out there from 2007-09.Love it.

  3. joemktg - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Tremendous photo!

  4. NatsLady - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Love the Curly W behind home plate. Gonna see it here soon.

  5. FS - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Such a long time since a game thread!Yay welcome back Mark and baseball.

  6. Anonymous - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Mark:Thank you for providing online updates today. Anyone want to start a pool? Here's saying the Nats score at least 20 runs today.

  7. 6thandD - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    what happened to that Nats320 dude?

  8. NatsLady - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    This is going to be a fun season. From the new MASN blog:Nationals manager Davey Johnson was so juiced (or, in his words, "frisky") for today's exhibition against Georgetown that he ramped up his morning treadmill session. The result wasn't what the skipper was hoping for."I overloaded my hummingbird rear end and a little air came out of my right hammy," Johnson said with a smile. "So, I'm not quite ready yet, is what I'm trying to say. I'm not quite ready to start the season. I'm on the DL a little bit right now."Can't say I've heard the phrase "overloaded my hummingbird rear end" before, but I'll roll with it.

  9. Nats fan in NJ - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Paul – that is such a true statement!

  10. A.W. - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Yes. Harper and Rendon in the same lineup is good to see.

  11. Jim Kurtzke - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Go Hoyas!

  12. MicheleS - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Nats Enquirer is reporting that on May 6th (Take Back the Park game/ESPN Sunday Night) will be signing autographsRamos Autograph session

  13. bdrube - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    "what happened to that Nats320 dude?"I heard he followed his bestest bud, Willie Harris, to New York, Because the Mets don't hate Willie Harris anymore. :)

  14. Steady Eddie - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Game thread, yeehah!And another vote for Paul's observation — and that's still true AFTER the Gio trade.BTFGN!GYFNG!

  15. Jenny C - DC - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Mark! Thanks for having a chat. PLAY BALL!

  16. Jim Webster - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Photo makes me impatient to get there … Two weeks from tomorrow.

  17. Anonymous - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    6thandD said… what happened to that Nats320 dude?You wondering what traumatic childhood experience caused him to turn out like that, or just where he's been lately? Because those are two different answers.

  18. Jenny C - DC - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    He Mark, do you know if there's a gamecast or something we can follow?

  19. MicheleS - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Jenny C..Doesn't look like there is one on the MLB site or on CBS Sports, there might be one on ESPN, but not sure.

  20. SonnyG10 - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    So classy for the Nats to put the Georgetown players names on their lockers. Makes me even more proud of our organization.

  21. A.W. - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    It's not on anywhere. Just MZuck's stellar reporting today!

  22. MicheleS - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    On Twitter some picsGonat = @NatsHR2Win NatsJack = @NatsJackinFLIf we have anyone else doing Twitter fromt the game can you post your twitter id?

  23. SweetBlues - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Play Ball!!

  24. jcj5y - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    If there's a radar gun in the building, I'm very curious to see where Purke is. Not that he needs to be in mid-season form today, but TCU Freshman Purke was 92-94, AFL Purke was more like 87-89. Still worried about his shoulder and his mechanics.

  25. Grandstander - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    First game thread of the season! Found this interesting tid bit of trivia on wikipedia for Brett Carroll:On June 8, 2009, Carroll hit his first career home run against Randy Johnson. According to the Elias Sport Bureau, the only other currently active major league player whose first major league home run was hit off a pitcher with at least 300 wins is reliever Jon Rauch, whose only career home run came against Roger Clemens in 2004. Carroll also became the first player ever to hit both a home run and a triple against Johnson in the same game.

  26. Tom in AR - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Looks like this is actually online http://mlb.mlb.com/mediacenter/index.jsp?c_id=mlb

  27. souldrummer - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    @MicheleSI don't think that's Gonat's handle. Do you have a better one?

  28. JennyC-DC - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Hey all, we can do a live chat here if you want http://tinychat.com/Nats

  29. MicheleS - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    souldrummer, that's the one that he posted yesterday and He has picks up from the game already.

  30. natsfan1a - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Yay, Mark's live! Looks like just a box score for gameday.

  31. MicheleS - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Also, Mark, Amanda, and Kilgore are tweeting the game as well.

  32. natsfan1a - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Oops, didn't read far enough. Thanks for the gameday link, cubbie. :-)

  33. natscan reduxit - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    … a real live baseball game, albeit #1: ST vs the Hoyas, and albeit #2: presented in a live on-blog game thread. But still – it's Nats Baseball. Who can top that??!!Go NATS!!

  34. natsfan1a - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Agreed, but please remember to take any future photos in the bottom of the inning only at Space Coast and Nats Park. :-)joemktg said… Tremendous photo! March 02, 2012 11:05 AM

  35. Jenny C - DC - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Nats get their first run of the year!On a HBPBases still loaded 1 out

  36. Jenny C - DC - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Rendon strikes out, 2 outs, bases still loaded

  37. waddu eye no - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    glad the air didn't come out of davey's hummingbird rear end

  38. DWS - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    NI,Twitter, and MLB open in tabs. Enjoying but looking forward to watching!

  39. Jenny C - DC - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    1, 2, 3 inning for Purke

  40. MicheleS - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Waddu.. That comment was HILARIOUS! davey is going to be a treat this year!All – Amanda is brining it on twitter with her game commentary. And so is Mark (of course)

  41. natsfan1a - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    That's what I said, waddu eye (to my screen).Also, with two Nats having made outs, gameday has Purke pitching to a Hoyas batter. Oh well, gameday has a few weeks to get the rust out. :-)

  42. natsfan1a - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    (Well, more like a month, but whatevs.)

  43. Anonymous - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    All – Amanda is brining it on twitter with her game commentary.Salty, is she?

  44. natsfan1a - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    btw, when did the Hoyas pick up Willie Harris, and when did he become a pitcher? What? Oh, never mind.

  45. MicheleS - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Hey.. New Masn Nats Reporter.@dankolko on twitter.

  46. NG - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Mark-Any indication of Purke's velocity?

  47. NatsLady - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    knew that Xavier Paul shouldn't have come "late" to ST, struck out.

  48. natsfan1a - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Gameday to me: Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges. (Seriously, what's a badge in that context, anyway?)

  49. Tom in AR - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Rendon, 0-2. Clearly a bust. And what is Harper doing bunting? Perhaps trying to make the team as the light hitting, high OBP answer in CF?

  50. Anonymous - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    By Bill Ladson / MLB.com 02/25/10 6:47 PM ETVIERA, Fla. — The Nationals continue to prepare for the future, purchasing the contract of right-hander Rafael Martin from Saraperos de Saltillo of the Mexican League, according to a baseball source. ESPN.com was the first to indicate that a deal was done. The Nationals have not confirmed they have acquired Martin. Martin, 25, has arrived in Florida, and he took his physical on Thursday and will report to Minor League camp Friday. Washington beat out the Mariners and Yankees for his servicesMartin is coming off a season in which he pitched in 54 games for Saltillo, going 6-3 with a 4.12 ERA. Even more impressive is that he struck out 65 batters in 63 1/3 innings and held opponents to a .244 batting average. Nice to know we'll have him in our minor league system….Go Nats,NatFan05

  51. NatsLady - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Another pitcher? :) :) Actually, I'll take beating the Yanks for anything.

  52. Anonymous - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Not that he needs to be in mid-season form today, but TCU Freshman Purke was 92-94, AFL Purke was more like 87-89.I see you're not following Kilgore's running game blog. It was indeed 91-93 this early in the spring. Apparently, his injury wasn't serious which is good news … fingers crossed.

  53. Anonymous - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Hey.. New Masn Nats Reporter.He was doing the Orioles? Pete Kerzel is the Nats beat reporter for MASN and the editor-in-chief for all of them?

  54. NG - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Yes, that is excellent news about Purke.

  55. NatsLady - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Tried Gameday on iPhone, MLB.com and Android. Android app best, so far. Interesting.

  56. MicheleS - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Anon 1:21:I thought Pete was doing Orioles and subbing until they could find Goesling's replacement. New Guy's twitter page says that he is the MASN Nats reporter

  57. A DC Wonk - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    It was indeed 91-93 this early in the spring. Apparently, his injury wasn't serious which is good news Awesome news. Yet another (potential) steal in Rizzo's awesome draft day last summer.

  58. realdealnats - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Seriously re-thinking my stance on Harper starting Opening Day, especially considering LaRoche's shoulder and the negative chain reaction it causes in terms of bats. Let him learn up here. It's starting to become clear to me, that if we are lucky enough to "steal" a WS this year–or even go deep enough to taste it–and then win a couple to a few (or really be there for the final bell in late October for a few)–then I think Harper is going to want to stay, and not go to the Yankees. I think he'll bond with this group. This group already seems to be bonding with each other. This group seems to be special–in attitude, work ethic, and skill. And when I say this I'm also including Rendon and Purke et al, and whoever our starting CF is next year–hopefully Upton. The weakspots are pretty clear and eminently fixable in the near future. Payroll is manageable. There's esprit de corps. Great scouts.Obviously this is dreaming b/c Rendon and Purke haven't done anything yet–and to even talk about winning 1 much less multiple WSs is crazy–but this is what we're all starting to feel, isn't it? Davey's got us all jazzed up feeling that this thing is within our grasp! Go Nats.

  59. A DC Wonk - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Martin: 2IP, 4K's, no BB's

  60. Gardner - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Are the Hoyas using metal bats?

  61. MicheleS - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    What's the scoop on Eury Perez? Will he start in A, AA?

  62. Anonymous - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Awesome news. Yet another (potential) steal in Rizzo's awesome draft day last summer.Offsets the loss of Solis. Have to hope Rosenbaum, McGreary, Robbie Ray, and Purke continue to progress. Hopefully, Robbie Ray will develop more velocity as he matures.

  63. A DC Wonk - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    So, the Nats have scored zero earned runs so far?

  64. Anonymous - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    What's the scoop on Eury Perez? Will he start in A, AA?Probably AA Harrisburg since Michael Taylor (right now the top CF prospect) will be in A+ Potomac. If Perez returns to Potomac it will likely be as a corner outfielder. Goodwin likely in Hagerstown. Destin Hood will be in Harrisburg as well. That basically means they are going to be considered major league depth.

  65. David - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Gardner. Good question. No one has brought this up…. college still uses metal bats. But most programs participate in wood bat tournaments every year. They shouldn't be completely unfamiliar with the lumber.

  66. Anonymous - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Awesome news. Yet another (potential) steal in Rizzo's awesome draft day last summer.Have to wait and see whether Kylin Turnbull is a starter or reliever. He may also end up being a "steal".

  67. MicheleS - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    I just tweeted Mark and Amanda on the wood vs metal bats question.Did I mention I am NOT getting ANY work done this afternoon!

  68. MicheleS - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    And they are using wood bats per Amanda

  69. Steady Eddie - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Anon @ 1:52pm — So what's Alex Meyer, chopped liver? The guy pitched as long (3 years) at UK as Stras did at San Diego State. He and Purke were probably the biggest reasons Rizzo was as willing to give up as much as he did for Gio. Purke they obviously did that dye MRI so the shoulder issues didn't make him a total crapshoot, but Meyer was expected to be as close to MLB ready as any other prospect in the system.More testimony to the pitching fortress Rizzo has built here (along with a solid 1 1/2 MLB-capable bullpens).

  70. NatsLady - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Are 2 Jim Laufers playing? Because Gameplay just informed me that a "defensive substitution Jim Laufer replaced catcher Jim Laufer." Laugher?

  71. Steady Eddie - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    And who is this Bibens-Dirkx guy?Even if it's against a college team, six straight called strikes followed by three straight swinging strikes?Unreal.

  72. souldrummer - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Gameday gave up around the fifth inning or so. Fake Bryce Harper walked and an RBI was robbed from Zach Walters and credited to Blanco.

  73. souldrummer - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    @steadyeddieGameday doesn't show balls for strikeouts when they are going bare bones like today. Unless the beat guys tweet it, it's probably more than 9 pitches.

  74. Anonymous - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Anon @ 1:52pm — So what's Alex Meyer, chopped liver? The guy pitched as long (3 years) at UK as Stras did at San Diego State. He and Purke were probably the biggest reasons Rizzo was as willing to give up as much as he did for GioMeyer is NOT left-handed steady dude. They are short in that department which is one reason why they traded for Gio. Lannan is at best a #5. Detwiler still unproven and then its the list I gave.Plus, Meyer is still growing. Its going to take some time for him to adjust to his height. He'll be in the lower minors to start as a result. Still no telling whether he ends up a starter or reliever. He should be able to throw 100+ eventually.

  75. Sec 3, My Sofa - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    And who is this Bibens-Dirkx guy?If only his first initials were CQ — I'd buy that jersey.

  76. Steady Eddie - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Well that sucks. With men on second and third and two outs, B Harper just popped out to the catcher on the first pitch.Always was a slow starter, and credit the pitcher for expecting Oppo to be eagerly free-swinging.And like you Michele, getting little work done….

  77. Steady Eddie - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Anon @2:16 — No one said anything about lefties. The point about Meyer is he's not a baby at 22 years old, and if he's close to MLB ready ge'll come up fast regardless of where he starts out.As to sending him to the pen — remember all the smart pundits who said Peacock would only ever be a reliever? Rizzo was saying he might have used the #6 pick non Meyer us Rendon hadn't been available (as it wasn't clear they could sign Bubba Starling), and you fon't use that high a pick on a reliever unless you've just gotten strikeout Jesus.

  78. Steady Eddie - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Eh — normal size fingers, tiny iPhone keys.

  79. natsfan1a - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Yay, Natitude prevails! (I was actually getting some work done, despite a Natsty case of spring fever.)

  80. Unkyd - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    I don't know how Harper can be described as "always a slow starter"? Every year he joins a more advanced bunch of guys, and adjusts as quickly as anybody could hope. Let's give the boy a summers worth of the Bigs, and see how slow he starts, next year….

  81. Anonymous - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Well. Now THAT was anticlimactic.

  82. A DC Wonk - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Always was a slow starter, and credit the pitcher for expecting Oppo to be eagerly free-swinging.Unkyd tood care of the slow starter comment — as for the second half of the sentence, didn't he walk on four pitches in the first inning?

  83. sjb - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Steady Eddie–that popup with 2 in scoring position was not Harper but Destin Hood. The box score indicates that Hood came in for Harper after three plate appearances, and that Hood left 2 in scoring position with 2 out while Harper did not leave any. You must have been following Gsmeday as I was–they were VERY bad today at keeping track of subsitutions, especially for the Nats

  84. JaneB - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    A gamer to read! I am loving our babies. Thanks Mark!

  85. Franz Leibkin - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Babies?? Vas ist diss "babies"?? The Fuehrer never said "babies"!!

  86. Anonymous - Mar 3, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    I love the format. This beats a boxscore and Gameday… not just numbers and events but a journalists' impressions… you don't get the impressive speed of a fastball or a base-runner from a boxscore!Maybe it will catch on and we could get this every game! :)

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 78 14.5
NEW YORK 75 80 16.0
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 84 20.0
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Sunday's early games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 67 3.0
ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 70 6.5 +0.5
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
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