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Your lineups, etc.

Here's what you've got for today's 1:05 p.m. tilt. Sun is now out.

Logan -- 8
Jimenez -- 6
Casto -- 7
Restovich -- 9
Lee -- 3
Belliard -- 5
Thurston -- 4
Flores -- 2
Chico -- 1

Big start for Chico to continue clamping down on that fourth spot in the rotation. And Acta said before the game that Simontacchi kind of has to make his next start to make sure he's ready to go by the time the season starts. Simontacchi was supposed to have his turn today, but he has a slight groin strain. His next turn would be Sunday, so keep an eye on that.

Hanley Ramirez -- 6
Dan Uggla -- 4
Miguel Cabrera -- 5
Josh Willingham -- 7
Cody Ross -- 9
Aaron Boone -- 3 (son of Nats player development guru Bob)
Eric Reed -- 8
Matt Treanor -- 2 (Mr. Misty May)
Ricky Nolasco -- 1

I'll get you an update as events warrant.

Oh, and tomorrow night's game against the Braves from Viera is scheduled to be on MASN, I believe. Enjoy.

Matt Chico

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 20, 2007; 11:35 AM ET
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The Nats are breaking out the heavy artillery today.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 20, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse

YOU keep an eye on Simontacchi's groin. That-s what we pay you 35 cents for.

Posted by: Willie Gandabol | March 20, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Boone of Aaron "Bleeping" Boone - hero of game seven?

Posted by: Joe | March 20, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Is Chico out of options and has his MLB service time started? If not, why would the Nationals, start the clock ticking on his ability to seek arbitration and free agency (and put them in a position to have to use his options to send him down during the season as there is little doubt that he will be sent down sometime this year), when they could put someone else in the rotation where these are not issues?

If Chico pitches lights out in Columbus in April, bring him up for whomever is struggling at the MLB level (I'm sure there will be a need to for a starter soon after the season starts). If he struggles, Chico will have demonstrated that he is not ready.

Just don't see the up-side to rushing Chico into the rotation when this is not the year that the Nats are competing for the W-S. This is akin to pulling the redshirt off a freshman football player when the team is destined to go 4-7. Wouldn't you rather have that player in 4 years when you are competing for a bigger prize?

Posted by: Dilson | March 20, 2007 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I still want to know how you pronounce the 'i' in Simontacchi. Does it rhyme with 'him on patchy' or 'time on patchy'??

Posted by: rgib | March 20, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Dilson - we need at least one lefty in the rotation, don't we? And there is something to be said for big league experience. Look at what it did for Bonderman - one year in Single A, 6-19 in the major leagues the next year, very solid 2006.

It's not like Chico is lacking for minor league experience - he's been in the minors (A and AA) for three years now. He seems to be throwing the ball well this Spring and we could use him.

I don't see a problem with it.

Posted by: DE | March 20, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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