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Lineups vs. Tigers

Again, today's game is on ESPN Would imagine there'll be lots of promos for the season opener, now just 12 days away. Keep in mind: you can still register for the right to buy Opening Night tickets on, but that period ends Friday.

Not too much in the way of pregame news -- other than Paul Lo Duca will DH on Thursday (not catch) and catch on Friday -- against, of all teams, the Mets. Manny Acta reiterated his doubt that Shawn Hill will be ready not only for Opening Night, but for the first week of the season.

Cristian Guzman -- 6
Lastings Milledge -- 8
Nick Johnson -- 3
Dmitri Young -- DH
Austin Kearns -- 9
Felipe Lopez -- 4
Justin Maxwell -- 7
Wil Nieves -- 2
Willie Harris -- 5

Tim Redding (1-0, 4.09 this spring)

Curis Granderson -- 8
Placido Polanco -- 4
Ivan Rodriguez -- 2
Gary Sheffield -- DH
Jacque Jones -- 7
Marcus Thames -- 3
Edgar Renteria -- 6
Brandon Inge -- 5
Timo Perez -- 9

Jeremy Bonderman (0-0, 5.54 this spring)

Should have mentioned this earlier: Felipe Lopez at second base for just the second time this spring. He played second in the opener back on Feb. 27 against Florida -- and hadn't appeared there since. Ronnie Belliard is on this trip, too.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 18, 2008; 11:50 AM ET
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Do you know the order of pitchers after Redding?

Posted by: Carrie | March 18, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Were getting this match live in the United Kingdom.
Looking forward to seeing the boys again,i note Jacque Jones is on the field for Detroit,had a stinker for the Cubies last year,wonder how many he's going to leave on base tonight,lol!

Come on the Nats!

Posted by: %62intheUK | March 18, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

That's a fairly solid looking top half of the lineup, give or take (well, just give) a Zimmerman or two....or three

Posted by: Corey | March 18, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Is the best you guys can come up with is the fact that the Nats have won more games than the O's in the past 3 years?

Lets look at attendance shall we?

In the 3 years the Nats have been in town they have already lost an average of 10,000 fans per game. That's pretty pathetic. It took the Orioles and Peter Angelos 9 straight losing seasons before they met that goal. It only took the Nats 3 seasons and that's with them being "the flavor of the month" and new to town.

Would also like to mention that while the O's have had more than their fair share of steroid users (the Nats have a few too) atleast the O's don't employ anyone who beats women (i.e., Dmitri Young), a player who's been arrested 6 times for possession of marijuana, assault, resisting an officer, threatening to kill his girlfriend, or impregnating a 17-year-old foster child and getting angry and throwing a Gatorade bottle at her when confronted about it(i.e., Elijah Dukes), or a player who had sex with a 15-year-old along with other instances of sexual misconduct brought against them (i.e., Lastings Milledge)

So yeah go ahead bash the O's if you want, if it makes you feel better. Just remember the Nats attendance is already a complete joke and they employ people who are just a tad bit worse than steroid users.

Posted by: O's Executive | March 18, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Lopez at 2B. Interesting

Posted by: #4 | March 18, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey O's Exec,

Why aren't you writing Rochhead Kubatko or Bill "I Whine" Ordine about your lousy, no account,second-divion team that will be lucky to win 60 games this season? Do you work for Peter the Grate? Are you one of his relatives? Would your attendance be so great if you still played in that outdoor cow pasture on 33rd Street? You keep forgetting about such stellar citizens who wore the black and orange like Alan (Purple Haze) Wiggins, Albert (Don't call me Joey) Belle, Rafael (Finger Pointin' Man) Palmiero, Miguel (Dr.Feelgood) Tejada and others. Why don't you stick to submitting your drivel to

Posted by: natsscribe | March 18, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Re the Orioles, three words: Thirty to three.

Posted by: Section 419+1 | March 18, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

if your going to bring up attendance then recognize the fact that half of baltimores attendance goes to boston/ny fans.

i dont understand why there is a problem with liking either team. who cares who you like? who cares who i like? why is there a satisfaction for trashing another teams fans for whatever garbage justification you can come up with?

if your so smug behind a keyboard ill give you my address so you can be smug at my doorstep.

Posted by: theraph | March 18, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Cuz it's fun.

why is there a satisfaction for trashing another teams fans for whatever garbage justification you can come up with?

Posted by: theraph | March 18, 2008 12:42 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | March 18, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Sigh, O's Executive, see Rule 3. I'm going to buy you a box full of commas for Christmas in July.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | March 18, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

BTW - Os Exec, the Nationals are 5-1 at the "best ballpark in America" the past two seasons Thanx for rolling out the welcome mat.

Posted by: natsscribe | March 18, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Don't. Feed. Trolls.

Posted by: The Peanut Gallery | March 18, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

B.O.=baltimore orioles or body odor...not much difference. : < ))

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | March 18, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

What I can't believe is that troll came from under his bridge based on the result of a friggin' EXHIBITION game played on Sunday. If that's hope to latch onto, it's going to be a lonnnnnnnnng year for Baltimorons.

Posted by: natsscribe | March 18, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

O's Exec,

How does it feel to have your once proud franchise turned to rubble by a jackass?

Baltimore stinks, literally, if the wind is right, you can smell that place from DC.

Posted by: Section 505/203 | March 18, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else remember that O's team with the 100 million dollar payroll that didn't finish .500? I do....fondly.

Posted by: .390 | March 18, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Nationals-Tigers now on ESPN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: natsscribe | March 18, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Those Detroit home whites - like Boston's and the Yankees - are the closest thing to formal wear in baseball.

Posted by: natsscribe | March 18, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I think, in light of the comment made my Charlie Slowes last week and the subsequent brouhaha here at NJ, yes, I think it is interesting.

But really, I think there's a good chance we were just reading too much into Lopez's appearances at SS this Spring.

It's March 18th. There are still plenty of opportunities to get him into games at 2B. In addition, no one has said he hasn't been practicing fielding at both positions.

I don't know if there were any questions of Lopez's ability at second as much as there were acknowledgements that he didn't appear to be giving a rodent's posterior. Ability and give-a-crap are entirely different situations.


Lopez at 2B. Interesting

Posted by: John in Mpls | March 18, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

maybe manny wanted to stretch ot FLop's arm at short before moving him to second.

Posted by: natsscribe | March 18, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

sor4ry, that should have read "stretch out"

Posted by: natsscribe | March 18, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't showcasing Lopez as a MI backup and testing him as a MI backup require splitting spring season with him playing at one position the first half and at the other in the second?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | March 18, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

on espn....if you looked for "old time baseball man" in the dictionary, wouldn't you expect to find jim leyland's picture?

Posted by: natsscribe | March 18, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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