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Nats vs. Mets – 3/23/13

Mar 23, 2013, 2:10 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nationals are back at Tradition Field this afternoon.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Having cracked the whip on his starters over the last three days, Davey Johnson will ease up a bit today at Tradition Field. Most of the regulars got the day off, but we'll still see Bryce Harper, Danny Espinosa and Wilson Ramos here this afternoon against the Mets.

We'll also see Roger Bernadina making his first start of the spring in center field. The Shark, fresh off a 20,000-mile journey around the world during the WBC, made a fantastic catch late in yesterday's game, so he doesn't appear to be rusty at all. Espinosa, meanwhile, will get a rare start at shortstop. (Johnson plans to use him there this season if Ian Desmond needs a day off.)

Gio Gonzalez gets the start, his first against a big-league team since he mowed down the Puerto Rican lineup in the WBC (he faced minor-leaguers last time out). Like Stephen Strasburg yesterday, this will be Gonzalez's final full-scale tune-up before the season begins; he'll get one more start next week, but he'll be capped at about 70 pitches.

[UPDATE AT 11:40 A.M. — Lineup change for the Nats: Bryce Harper was scratched after getting jammed on a pitch yesterday. His left thumb is swollen. Davey said it's not serious and that Harper will be back in the lineup tomorrow. Carlos Rivero will start in his place.]

Plenty of updates to come, so please check back…

Where: Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie
Gametime: 1:10 p.m. EST
TV: (live), MLB Network (delayed at 12 a.m.)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM)
Weather: Partly cloudy, 84 degrees, Wind 15 mph out to LF

CF Roger Bernadina
SS Danny Espinosa
1B Tyler Moore
3B Chad Tracy

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  1. NatsLady - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Here is a post that could make you smile–or not.April?

  2. SCNatsFan - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Our bench players need to turn it up. I'm not so sure having a 25 man roster virtually in stone was a good thing this spring.

  3. skidge - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I thought that Charlie and Dave are also on today…?

  4. Doc - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Great post NatsLady!So 16-11, it is.Thanks for some excellent stats work.

  5. baseballswami - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Skidge- I thought so, too. It's listed on the broadcast schedule on the Nats home page.

  6. NatsLady - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Doc, can you imagine the panic on this board while the Nats are losing those 11 games? Not to mention if they should go 13-14, which is also plausible.

  7. NatsLady - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Speaking of working on things… I wonder if Clip walked the lefty accidentally on purpose yesterday. The way he was going for a while there he was never going to pitch from the stretch or practice his pick-off move. :)

  8. baseballswami - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Game is on 106.7, by the way.

  9. John C. - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Wow, with Harper out I guess Davey decided that "going to the whip hand" doesn't preclude resting regulars. Joining Harper on the bench are Werth, Span, Desmond, Zimmerman and LaRoche.

  10. NatsLady - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    222, I answered your question in the comments section. At first I thought I made an arithmetic error because I was in a hurry to get to work this morning, but I didn't find one.

  11. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Nice read Rose!

  12. timeless46 - Mar 23, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    One thing these spring games do is give me a renewed appreciation for our radio broadcast team. I have been listening to Charlie call the game on the radio solo today (He said Dave has day off because of his son's bar mitzvah). He is just a pleasure to listen to. Particularly, after listening to some of the radio broadcasts of the teams we have been recently ….

  13. slidell2 - Mar 23, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Mark@ 2:35. Maybe just a matter of the boy trying to do too much! His 5 minutes of fame.

  14. Doc - Mar 23, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    All you can do NatsLady, is go with the probabilities–and you did.Everything else is random error!16 & 11, or bust!!!Even a standard deviate like Davey would appreciate that.

  15. natsfan1a - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    So, it sounds like Gio did okay? I was out doing yard work.

  16. natsfan1a - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Never mind, just read the update.

  17. baseballswami - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I know it's strange, but Gio " sounded" good. So – what exactly IS going on with Drew? Should we be worried?

  18. Doc - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Lozada, Head, Franky Soriano, Van Ostrand—are the Nats letting the guys in the bleechers play some real ball??FSoriano is the Soriano with a full set of teeth! LOL

  19. natsfan1a - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    No, it doesn't sound strange to me. Drew "sounded" better at the end of the inning. :-)

  20. NatsLady - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Ha, game day doesn't even have a picture of Lozada. Davey is giving these guys a chance before they spend the year at Potomac or something? Someone tell me again that spring training stats mean something.

  21. natsfan1a - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Indeed. Who are these guys? :-)

  22. natsfan1a - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Probably kind of cool for them, though.

  23. baseballswami - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    On the radio, Rizzo said it's a reward for these guys to come along and play in a game. They pick guys who have worked especially hard. Apparently it's a Nats minor league system regular thing. He said their coaches would be proud today at how they looked. Helps them stay focused on moving up in the organization.

  24. natsfan1a - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    That's cool, swami. I got to hear the latter part of Rizzo's radio stint.

  25. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Swami, thanks for that post. Good philosophy! When will Cutter Dykstra be seen again is what I want to know. Kids batting 1.000. Before anyone thinks I'm serious……





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