Mar 11, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
It’s been an awfully quiet spring so far for Jordan Zimmermann, and that’s a good thing. The right-hander has simply gone about his business and begun the process of building up his arm with no disruption and no struggles (he has yet to allow a run in five innings).
Today, Zimmermann makes his third start, and he’ll actually face a legitimate challenge from a Yankees lineup that boasts far more big names than you’d typically expect for a road game 2 1/2 hours away from their home base in Tampa. Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann all made the trip. So did CC Sabathia, who gets the start.
The Nationals actually have fewer regulars playing today, with a lineup headlined by Jayson Werth, Wilson Ramos and Ian Desmond. Matt Williams has stacked up a bunch of right-handed hitters to face Sabathia, so it’ll be interesting to see if they come out hacking against the slimmed-down lefty.
Bob and F.P. have the game on TV, but whether you’re watching or not, be sure to join the conversation right here…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. NEW YORK YANKEES
Where: Space Coast Stadium, Viera
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN (live), MLB Network (tape delayed at 9 p.m. EDT)
Weather: Mostly sunny, 71 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from LF
3B Anthony Rendon
DH Jeff Kobernus
RF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
1B Tyler Moore
LF Scott Hairston
CF Nate McLouth
(RHP Jordan Zimmermann)
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
LF Brett Gardner
1B Mark Teixeira
C Brian McCann
2B Scott Sizemore
3B Eduardo Nunez
SS Dean Anna
DH Austin Romine
RF Zoilo Almonte
(LHP CC Sabathia)
NL EAST STANDINGS
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.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets 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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