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Nats vs. Mets – 2/23/13

Feb 23, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Tradition Field hosts the Nationals in their Grapefruit League opener.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Hey, look! It's a baseball field. And there's an actual game to be played today. (Well, an actual exhibition game. But beggars can't be choosers.)

The Nationals open Grapefruit League play today, facing the Mets here at Tradition Field. Stephen Strasburg is on the mound (for probably two or three innings). Denard Span is making his Nationals debut, leading off and playing center field. Bryce Harper is hitting third, perhaps the first of many times we'll see that this season.

Veteran right-hander Shaun Marcum gets the start for New York, which then will send top prospect Zack Wheeler to the mound. Manager Terry Collins has several regulars in his lineup, including David Wright and Lucas Duda, so Strasburg will face something resembling a real test today.

A reminder that this game is being televised on MLB Network (it's actually the Mets' SNY broadcast getting picked up), so you can watch live. More importantly, you can get all your updates and analysis right here throughout the game, so please check back often…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. NEW YORK METS
Where: Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie
Gametime: 12:10 p.m. EST
TV: MLB Network (Mets' SNY broadcast)
Radio: None
Weather: Partly cloudy, 81 degrees, Wind 12 mph out to LF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
2B Steve Lombardozzi
LF Bryce Harper
RF Tyler Moore

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  1. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Ahhh, that is one beautiful sight, even if it isn't "our" field.

  2. NatsLady - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Wow! They are probably almost there now… getting off the bus… I can see it in my mind.Got new-posted in the BEST possible way–a GAME THREAD!!!–so here is my very quick rundown of the pitchers for today's game–some strangers… but not nearly as many as in past years.ladyandthenats.blogspot.com/

  3. NatsLady - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    According to Ladson, Zach Duke will pitch tomorrow and then attend his grandmother's funeral. @Zach_Duke is his Twitter handle if you want to send regards.

  4. MurrayTheRed - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Hey does anyone know what channel that is on DirecTV?

  5. MicheleS - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    In the words of our esteemed host: Sweet Fancy Moses we have live baseball…I suppose this means I can start deleting the Nats Classics from the DVR

  6. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

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  7. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    I don't, Murray, but you might try searching your online media guide. Yes, thanks, I'd love another cup of coffee.

  8. NatsLady - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    All I know is 391 on RCN… Already have it pre-set for the game.

  9. Gonat - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Murray, I think MLB Network is around 212 to 215 on DirecTV if memory serves.

  10. MurrayTheRed - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Cool, Thanks Gonat!

  11. MurrayTheRed - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    It is on 213 and in HD. Yea!

  12. MicheleS - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Also.. MASN has Nats Talk at 10 am.. Got to the the Phil Wood Fix started off today.

  13. NatsNut - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod, it's a GAME THREAD!!! (HAPPY DANCE!)

  14. JayB - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    What a great gift after a hard week!

  15. adventurehouse - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Nats Classics? You mean the game that MASN broadcast several weeks ago, in which the Nat's lost? They re-broadcast the game because it was Strasburg's first game back…come on!

  16. bluejeener - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Noon? Same time as the Caps game. Decisions, decisions – youth, hope, skill or penalties and dying dreams. Thank electrons for clickers.

  17. original Nats Fan - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    daughter watching Caps on one TV, mom [me] the Nats on the other. May there be lots of WOOOOOOHOOOOOS

  18. Scooter - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Hey NatsLady, when you're mentioning one of your posts, could you try to link to the specific post, rather than the entire blog? I sometimes get behind on reading here, which makes the generic link less useful.(This is actually a general request, for anyone who tries to share an article. What's on a site's home page now might not always be there …)Thanks. Let's play two!

  19. phil dunton - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Suspect we better get used to seeing lots of Lombardozzi at 2B this season. I won't miss all of Espi's Ks.

  20. SlowPitch63 - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    MTR,Nats on channel 213 on Direct TV.Let's Play Two!

  21. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Play ball!

  22. baseballswami - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Now if only it wasn't the Mets announcers.

  23. waddu eye no - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    "Now if only it wasn't the Mets announcers'and how.

  24. baseballswami - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Bryce got the bat on that foul ball!

  25. baseballswami - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    And on that one, too.

  26. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    There goes the no-hitter, FP.

  27. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Well, one broadcaster is a former Nats guy. :-0

  28. SCNatsFan - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    What?

  29. baseballswami - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Strassie not so sharp yet. It's early.

  30. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    If the "what" is in re. broadcasting, Ron Darling is a former Nats broadcaster.

  31. UnkyD - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Gee…. This almost looks like …… SWEET FANCY MOSES!!! It's a Game Thread!!!WOOOHOOO!!!!

  32. Dave - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Who do we have down there from NI? NatsJack? djinfl?We need some more Nats-oriented play by play. I don't care about the vicissitudes of the Mets.

  33. baseballswami - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Desi's stache is epic!! Swinging at the first pitch, of course.

  34. tayo - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Chris Marrero with a ringing double scores first pitch hacking desi. Looks like that power may be back.

  35. baseballswami - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Is this a softball game??

  36. tayo - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:40 PM

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  37. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Reminds me of Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite.

  38. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Oops. Forgot to paste the mustache comment.

  39. NatsNut - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    "Could be a long day."and the problem with this is…?=)

  40. The Retired Journalist - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Dave, I'm down here (but I live 20 minutes from Space Coast Stadium) so I'll be at all the games in Viera. Old bearded dude on the aisle in Section 211 behind home plate if you're coming to any games. I'm watching this game on cable TV, however, because I'm going to a beer festival in Palm Bay this afternoon. Yeah, beer on Saturday and baseball on Sunday. A good weekend.

  41. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Just what I was wondering, NN. ;-)

  42. tayo - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    so , idiot Mets announcers are still talking about Stras shutdown so I just muted it.

  43. Anna Peregrina - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Talking about the shutdown, sigh.

  44. Anna Peregrina - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    If I understood the whole drink thing, I would owe you one, Tayo.

  45. karlkolchak - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Why oh why are we forced to watch this game with these idiot Mts announcers who just basically blamed the Strasburg shutdown for the Nats' playoff loss last year like leaving Santana in for 260 pitches or so to get his no-hitter and having him promptly break down for the rest of the season was a wis move or something. Thank goodness we don't have neanderthal morons in our broadcast booth.

  46. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    It was one of the first things mentioned in the broadcast. Whatever.

  47. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    And that beard isn't even Werthy, dude.

  48. NatsNut - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    It must be hard for these guys to dial it back a notch or work on what they need to work on in the name of spring training. It's still a game situation, in front of crowds, against the bad guys and these guys are COMPETITIVE. I feel for them.

  49. Manassas Nats' Fan - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Moore and Tracy look like up the Upton brothers. Swings and misses.

  50. Manassas Nats' Fan - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Harper looked like a wide receiver.

  51. baseballswami - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Bryce is so athletic. He can make small errors and overcome them with it. Look at him- does he look 20?

  52. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    I hear circus music.

  53. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    nice recovery by Harper.

  54. baseballswami - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Via twitter– Tracy fielded that ball like a true pinch hitter.

  55. SCNatsFan - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    No matter what I am having to listen to its awesome to have live honkball to watch

  56. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Honk if you love baseball.

  57. sm13 - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Honk!

  58. tayo - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    If Marrero or even Owings have great spring Training and Moore not so much, what do you think Nationals do? Is Moore's spot already that set in stone?

  59. sm13 - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Davey loves Tyler Moore – its hard to imagine him not making the club. Plus, Moore has learened to play the outfield,which makes him more versitile.

  60. baseballswami - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Oh, no- it's Voldemort!!!!

  61. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Oh, geez. It's Babe Valdespin.

  62. Davide - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    can't wait for the regular season to begin…go Nats!!I hope that my present for the master degree will be a trip to D.C.!!! ;)

  63. tayo - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Lombo definitely looks bulked up.

  64. SCNatsFan - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    We should have traded for valdespin just so he doesn't play against us

  65. Steady Eddie - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Most to the point re TMo, he's proven himself repeatedly in the regular (AND post-) season, when it counts. Owings and Marrero are organizational depth at AAA.

  66. Manassas Nats' Fan - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Moore 0 for 2 with less than 2 outs with man on third . Both strike outs. Followed by a K by Tracy. Mid season form if a Brave.

  67. Gonat - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Never ceases to amaze. Abad gets the tough David Wright out and then gets lefty/lefty on Ike Davis and walks him.

  68. phil dunton - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Moore may have learned to play the outfield but he has an extremely weak arm. Unfortunately, that is a deficiency that can't be corrected.

  69. SCNatsFan - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    I don't think you can discount Owings just yet; give the guy to concentrate just on hitting and he could perhaps be a valuable 25th man on a roster, just not right now.

  70. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Those Barbasol commercials are kind of funny. LOL. Oopa.

  71. Gonat - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    No LUNA Flooring commercials is a welcome sight on this channel feed.

  72. sjm308 - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    I will whine just a bit. I don't actually mind the Mets play-by-play guys. Interesting that they have 3 in the booth and that must be hard but two are legit former players for their team. What drove me absolutely crazy was how long the interviews were during the game. Its now on mute. Not only did it seem like each one lasted 30 min., you could tell the players didn't want to be there and the guy was a total idiot on top of all that. OK, its baseball and its our baseball. Go Nats!!

  73. baseballswami - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    I hate It when any announcers don't pay attention to the game because they are doing an interview.

  74. Gonat - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Bill Bray with a Little League mistake there. These latter innings in early ST are painful.

  75. WT YL - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Bray is stinking the joint up today

  76. Dave - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Is that guy Strasburgh any relation to Strowsburg?God, I'm tired of this Mutts TV team. Now they're reminding everybody that the Nats cannot possibly bounce back from Game 5.Never mind that most people pick the Nats to go all the way, and the Mets…not so much.

  77. WT YL - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Was wondering why no looks at Rendon/Goodwin?

  78. baseballswami - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    MUTE!!!!!!!

  79. WT YL - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Is there anyways to look at the games that wont be on MASN/MLBN?

  80. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Eh, they have to yack about something.

  81. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    WT, I think some of them can be seen online if one has the MLB.com video package. I don't have that, just the Game Day audio.

  82. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    I will say that watching that kid roll down the berm never gets old. Seriously.

  83. WT YL - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Show me something Corey Brown…

  84. Gonat - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Another inaccurate quote. Corey Brown didn't come over in the Gio trade.

  85. baseballswami - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Brian Bixler sighting? Thought he was an Astro.

  86. EmDash - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Definitely a rough start for Bray. Hope it's nerves.And yeah, the Mets' announcers seem to want to talk NLDS at least as much as their own team. Obviously the performance of some minor leaguers who won't make the major league club in the first spring training game is a reliable indicator of how the team will bounce back, right?

  87. baseballswami - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Caps had a good afternoon:)

  88. WT YL - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    God those people in Florida are so lucky right now. Enjoying a great day with baseball in Feb. Sigh

  89. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Step aside for the big man, Will.

  90. phil dunton - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    It is 86 in Vero Beach right now with high humidity–not very comfortable. My guess is that players prefer the climate in AZ.

  91. WT YL - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Rendon has presence out there

  92. natsfan1a - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    More Cowgill is cute, but the Rays already did that one.

  93. Salvatore Johnson - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Talking TV which is right around the corner, hearing that Kristina Akra has been hired by MLB and won't be with the Nats in 2013. She will be missed and I hope this doesn 't mean having to put up with either Debbie Taylor or someone like her.Mark emailed this to you on Monday but hadn't heard from you.

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