Mar 16, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT
Today the Nationals play two split-squad games, one at home against the Tigers and the other on the road against the Astros. Jordan Zimmermann will face Detroit while Gio Gonzalez will take the mound vs. Houston.
The Nats-Tigers game will be on TV and Justin Verlander is pitching. The Nats will also have a lineup stacked with regulars, including a first six batters that may look very similar on Opening Day. Matt Williams has Denard Span leading off with Ian Desmond, Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche behind him.
Gonzalez will pitch to the Astros who have Scott Feldman on the mound and top prospect George Springer starting in right field. Enjoy the conversation here…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS (ss) vs. DETROIT TIGERS
Where: Space Coast Stadium, Viera
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: MLB.com (Tigers’ feed)
Weather: Mostly sunny, 77 degrees, Wind 17 mph
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
C Jose Lobaton
2B Jeff Kobernus
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
RHP Justin Verlander
WASHINGTON NATIONALS (ss) vs. HOUSTON ASTROS
Where: Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: MLB.com (Astros’ feed)
Weather: Mostly sunny, 80 degrees, Wind 17 mph
2B Anthony Rendon
SS Danny Espinosa
DH Scott Hairston
LF Tyler Moore
3B Zach Walters
1B Brock Peterson
C Sandy Leon
RF Steven Souza, Jr.
CF Brian Goodwin
(LHP Gio Gonzalez)
CF Robbie Grossman
2B Jose Altuve
C Jason Castro
1B Chris Carter
3B Matt Dominguez
RF George Springer
DH Japhet Amador
LF L.J. Hoes
SS Jonathan Villar
(RHP Scott Feldman)
NL EAST STANDINGS
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 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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