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... good news? Nah, just a boring day. Final workout of spring ended a couple of hours ago. "Thank God," was Ryan Church's response. Now, let the games begin.

(Zimmerman, by the way, is still -- STILL -- filming one of those MASN commercials on the field here at HSCS. Been standing at the plate in full uniform for a couple hours. Sometimes, it's good to be the face of the franchise. Others ... well, not so much.)

I can tell you a few things game in Vero Beach against the Dodgers. And they include not only that Shawn Hill will be the starting pitcher, but I can give you the starting lineup:

Felipe Lopez -- 2B (though I still always write "6" by his name)
D'Angelo Jimenez -- SS
Ryan Zimmerman -- 3B
Austin Kearns -- RF
Ryan Church -- LF
Alex Escobar -- DH
Brian Schneider -- C
Larry Broadway -- 1B
Nook Logan -- CF

Hill will be followed by Chris Michalak, Luis Martinez, Felix Diaz, Jesus Colome (who's over the flue) and Emiliano Fruto.

Cristian Guzman and Rafael/Ronnie Belliard aren't making the trip. Guzman will take grounders at HSCS and then DH in Saturday's home opener against the Orioles, which will be started by John Patterson. Escobar and Guzman will basically split the DH duties much of the time. And the Nationals will use a DH in nine of their first 10 spring training games; Acta said they came to agreements with the Dodgers, Orioles and Astros on that matter, with only the Braves saying they'd like to have the pitchers hit. (Normally, in the spring, the home team gets to decide what the rule is unless a side agreement is struck.)

I realize this is an extremely slow day. Sorry about that. But imagine how Zimm feels. (Eventually I'll check w/ him on this point. Really, I will.)

Oh, one more thing. Stan Kasten down here through the Monday game. Shouldn't affect your lives much. Just makes mine harder.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 1, 2007; 2:26 PM ET
 
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