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Nats vs. Mets – 2/25/13

Feb 25, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Gio Gonzalez starts tonight at Tradition Field.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Since arriving for spring training amid reports of his connection to the Biogenesis clinic under investigation by MLB, Gio Gonzalez has talked about wanting to move on and shift focus to the field. Well, he finally gets his chance tonight.

Gonzalez will be on the mound for his Grapefruit League debut when the Nationals face the Mets here at Tradition Field. As was the case with Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann before him, the lefty will be on a 45-pitch limit, so look for two or three innings from him.

Gonzalez won't have many regulars behind him in the field. Actually, he won't have any members of the projected Opening Day lineup, with only Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore (hitting cleanup for the third straight day) even assured of roster spots among tonight's starters.

Just like Saturday's game here, tonight's will be televised on MLB Network (again picking up the Mets' SNY broadcast). I'll have my own updates and analysis here, so please check back often…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. NEW YORK METS
Where: Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie
Gametime: 6:10 p.m. EST
TV: MLB Network (Mets' SNY broadcast)
Radio: None
Weather: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to LF

NATIONALS
CF Eury Perez
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Corey Brown
DH Tyler Moore

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  1. Section 222 - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Sorry to hear that Kristina won't be back. She did her job well, and with humor and grace. And she wasn't cringe-inducing like Debbi T. I could have imagined her moving into the studio after a few years, like Amber Theoharris did before she moved on.Good sideline reporters are tough to find. Will be interesting to see if MASN can line one up before the season starts.

  2. Doc - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Guess I'll tune in to watch Gio, and see if Rivero and Skole show anything.After his performance in the AFL, I've sorta thought that his path to the Bigs might be a bit quicker than some are projecting. He's not thought of as a top Nats' prospect, but he has demonstrated some good skills on both sides of the ball.

  3. NCNatsie - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    "Is that the same Jonathan Albaladejo that we traded to the Yankees for Tyler Clippard?"It's hard to be sure. There are so many Jonathan Albaladejos.

  4. JD - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Doc, I always caution people to take AFL results with a grain of salt; the sample size is not large enough and players are sent there to work on specific things. Skole has shown a lot of power in the minors and if he can handle AA this will indicate that he has real major league potential. I think he's a bit too old to be considered an 'A' type prospect.

  5. MicheleS - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    BASEBALL!!! ON MY TV!!!!

  6. JD - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Doc, It's also instructive to keep in mind that from a major league roster point of view there is only one open spot and that's the last bullpen position (wide open between Bray, Henry, Garcia etc). Since the bench will almost certainly consist of: Moore, Lombo, Tracy, Bernadina and the backup catcher there is no position spot open at all barring injury.

  7. Tcostant - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    I want to see Rendon get a start at 2B this week! Had my season ticket holder draft this weekend, I cannot wait for this season to start!!!

  8. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Moment of silence, please, for the one-and-done Kristina Akra. Nobody took the residue of a Gatorade shower better than Ms. Akra.

  9. NCNatsie - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    RE: why on-field announcers tend to be pretty young women. My guess is that it is because MLB has decided it has to increase the number of female on-air people it has, and is taking a cue from the NFL, which did essentially the same thing with its "sideline" reporters. They have basically created the jobs where none existed before — until recently there were no baseball third voices. That makes it a little different than the news business back in the 1970's when a lot of middle aged male anchors were simply fired to make room for the first generation of women. They're using the on-field jobs as a training regimen to let the best rise to the top.Some call it sexism. Some call it affirmative action.

  10. sm13 - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Nathan Karns is scheduled to pitch 3rd tonight. It will be interesting to seem him and Skole in action.

  11. Gonat - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    A chance to watch some youngsters!

  12. SCNatsFan - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    To be fair, a lot of the post game interviews are just puff, not hard hitting journalism. Watch any entertainment show on tv and I think you'll find the anchor and reporters are damn good looking. Mlb is no different.

  13. baseballswami - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    There should be more female baseball announcers- the way it is being done now is not it. Just like they have " ladies night" for all the dumb women who couldn't possibly know anything about the game. Actually I think the MLB TV network is doing the best job – their female on- air people are very good. Now they need to put one of them at the desk. Alanna Rizzo is brilliant. Look around you at the park, on this site. Lots and lots of smart, female fans out there who are passionate about the game. MLB needs to wise up and stop patronizing them.

  14. Joe Seamhead - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    "Bimbo" was never a description that I would've tagged Kristina Akra with. I found her to be articulate, had a good relationship with the players, was great in her dealings with Davey, and the fact that she was nice eye candy was just a bonus. I wish her well, but Mrs. Seamhead and I will miss her persona. I'm with Sunshine Bobby C as I feel almost like we lost a friend. Oh, well. Move on. GYFNG!!!

  15. MicheleS - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Geesh MLB Network. LOMBardozzi not LAMBardozzi

  16. John C. - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Tonight on the MLB Network: Syracuse Chiefs (and Gio Gonzalez) vs. the New York Mets.

  17. MicheleS - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    John.. are we sure this is the Chiefs lineup and not the Harrisburg one?

  18. Gonat - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Danny Rosenbaum for the win for the Rockies.

  19. SCNatsFan - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    I know it is preseason but watching the stupid mistakes I realize I have mid season angst

  20. EmDash - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Middle infield's a little shaky tonight.Gio's curve is looking good, though.

  21. EmDash - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    We angst-ers are getting in shape for the season too, right SCNatsFan? *g*

  22. Gonat - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Nice liner by Skole!

  23. Drew - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Skole is a beast.

  24. MicheleS - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    When did we get so stocked up on Infielders??

  25. MicheleS - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    It looks so nice in Florida right now.. I need sun and warm weather

  26. Drew - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Nice grab Corey Brown.

  27. EmDash - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Wonder if there'll be a third inning for Gio? He's about 10 pitches under his limit.He looked good after some initial wildness in the 1st.

  28. MicheleS - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Well, it's nice to see our minor league and back up guys beat up on the Mets

  29. SCNatsFan - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Spring training or not, I don't like to see the team get on a roll of losing. It isn't something a team should get used to.

  30. EmDash - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Ha, 3 for 3 for Eury on infield hits!

  31. phil dunton - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    The colorful Beast is 2 for 6 with a double so far this Cactus League season. I hope he wins the AL Triple Crown.

  32. EmDash - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    The Mets' manager apparently switching out their pitcher for a better match-up during spring training? That seems pretty crazy.

  33. EmDash - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Awesome fielding by Ohlendorf. Wow. He's been great so far.

  34. Joe Seamhead - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    I don't care if it is only spring training, there's just something very sweet about seeing Papelbon with an ERA of 81.00. No that's not a typo,His ERA really is 81.00! I think they are still waiting for the ball to land that Cabrerra hit off of him.

  35. MicheleS - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Even David Wright is complementing the Nats pitching staff

  36. phil dunton - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    This is not play by play, just the conducting of player interviews. Ridiculous!

  37. MicheleS - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:27 AM

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  38. Natman - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Rendon hits another home run. Ooops…. robbed by den Dekker!

  39. MicheleS - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Take 2, puts wine glass down:Phil, LIGHTEN UP! It's Spring Training and the Mets have to sell something especially since our minor leaguers are beating them. I bet FP and Carp do this on Thursday. It's called get to know your Nats.

  40. Gonat - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Karns looked real good.

  41. UnkyD - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Scrubbinis…. Taking it to the Mess!!!

  42. Gonat - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    The Tweeters are giving a lot of love to Karns.

  43. EmDash - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Lefty relievers continue to struggle for the Nats, it seems.

  44. Manassas Nats' Fan - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Pat McCoy working his way down it appears.

  45. Drew - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Wow. Rendon looks special.How bout this club? It's got a bounty of young talent in the bigs and Rendon, Skole, Karns, Cole and Giolito on the farm.Man, Rhymes was robbed — safe all the way.

  46. Manassas Nats' Fan - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    home plate ump in midseason form. Calling Rhymes out. Even Met announcers thanked him for the gift as he clearly tag home.

  47. Gonat - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Rendon in a 0-2 count just flattened that ball on that line drive to right. As ST goes on, we of course need to see him against some real MLB starters but this is fun!

  48. MicheleS - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!! have to practice!!

  49. Doc - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    The best part of Rendon's hit was a solid smack on 0-2. This kid doesn't back down!

  50. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    am I the only one who finds it hard to watch games like today's? haha guess it will take some more time to get over that ninth inning.

  51. Scott Margenau - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    U know it's bad when at 2 am u r reading 100 plus comments about an Exhibition game! #gyfng

  52. Scott Margenau - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:04 AM

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
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x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 69 5.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
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