Mar 8, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
The Nationals experience the first of three split-squad days for the spring, with Matt Williams managing one-half the squad in Viera against the Braves (who also are split up today) and Randy Knorr leading the other half in Jupiter against the Cardinals.
Ross Detwiler gets the start against Atlanta, looking for better results than he got Monday vs. the Yankees. With Doug Fister shelved at least temporarily with elbow inflammation, the Nationals certainly would love for Detwiler to enjoy a smooth spring and not leave himself a question mark at all. Slated to pitch behind Detwiler: Taylor Jordan, who was originally going to start against St. Louis but was kept back because Williams wants to get another look at him in person. Hmm…
That means Chris Young will start the road game against the Cardinals. The big right-hander hasn’t drawn a whole lot of attention so far this spring, but today provides an opportunity (against a really tough lineup) to impress the Nationals’ staff.
Charlie and Dave have the radio call of the home game, while the Cardinals’ crew has the other contest, so get ready to flip back and forth a whole lot this afternoon…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS (ss) vs. ATLANTA BRAVES (ss)
Where: Space Coast Stadium, Viera
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EST
Radio: 1500 AM, 1580 AM
Weather: Partly cloudy, 66 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to RF
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RF Eury Perez
DH Chris Snyder
(LHP Ross Detwiler)
RF Jordan Schafer
SS Andrelton Simmons
1B Freddie Freeman
DH Evan Gattis
3B Chris Johnson
2B Dan Uggla
LF Todd Cunningham
CF Matt Lipka
C Jose Yepez
(RHP David Hale)
WASHINGTON NATIONALS (ss) vs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Where: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EST
Radio: MLB.com (Cardinals feed)
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 70 degrees, Wind 8 mph in from CF
2B Anthony Rendon
SS Jamey Carroll
CF Nate McLouth
LF Scott Hairston
1B Tyler Moore
3B Will Rhymes
DH Brock Peterson
C Sandy Leon
RF Steven Souza Jr.
(RHP Chris Young)
3B Matt Carpenter
SS Jhonny Peralta
LF Matt Holliday
RF Allen Craig
C Yadier Molina
1B Matt Adams
2B Mark Ellis
CF Jon Jay
DH Oscar Taveras
(RHP Michael Wacha)
NL EAST STANDINGS
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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