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Today's lineup

The Nationals are playing the Atlanta Braves tonight in a game that will be broadcast on MASN. Sorry for the delay with this; I've been working on a couple posts that I'll throw up here during the game. Since the game is on TV, I'll have fewer in-game updates. Also, let's make a deal -- any discussion pertaining to this game should take place in the comment section in this post. I don't want to disrupt conversation during the game with the posts I'll have up later on. Anyway, the lineups:

1. Justin Maxwell, CF
2. Ian Desmond, SS
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Elijah Dukes, RF
6. Adam Kennedy, 2B
7. Ivan Rodriguez, C
8. Roger Bernadina, LF
9. Garrett Mock, SP

Yes, Mock will be batting tonight. He also got a pretty strong endorsement from Jim Riggleman this afternoon. He lumped in Mock with John Lannan and Jason Marquis, a pretty strong indication a starting rotation spot is Mock's to lose. (I'll have some more on matters of the rotation in a later post.)

Scheduled pitchers
Luis Atilano
Tyler Walker
Sean Burnett
Drew Storen

1. Nate McLouth, CF
2. Martin Prado, 2B
3. Jason Heyward, RF
4. Brian McCann, C
5. Yunel Escobar, SS
6. Melky Cabrera, LF
7. Eric Hinske, 1B
8. Omar Infante, 3B
9. Derek Lowe, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 15, 2010; 6:42 PM ET
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Presumably they're going to open with 4 SPs, and go to 5 in mid april, right? So if Mock and Livan are 3 and 4, does that mean Olsen is not going to be ready?

Posted by: swang30 | March 15, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Why the love affair with Mock? Can someone please explain this to me?

Posted by: swanni | March 15, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

>Why the love affair with Mock? Can someone please explain this to me?

Posted by: swanni

Because he throws harder than the rest of the bums. It's not like you point at him and say that his breaking ball or fastball isn't major league quality. He's got such a huge break on his curveball, that it's almost impossible to consistently throw for strikes. So, they just wait for a fastball that he can't locate, and it's game over.

Posted by: Brue | March 15, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results; counting on Garrett mock is insane.

Posted by: swanni | March 15, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Dukes! Inexcusable crummy throw to the plate from short right (luckily Pudge saved the inning with a great throw to 2nd), then Dukes follows with a quick strike out at the plate.
In a year when he must step up, he's stinking up the joint (no hitting, no fielding, nagging injury). He won't be starting past April 15.

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | March 15, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Definition of Garrett Mock = Bonus baby arm with a Penny-Arcade brain.

Posted by: BinM | March 15, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Storen gets the K on Lowe, still needs... oops, another 2 runs in; CRAP!

Posted by: BinM | March 15, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I love seeing Pudge in a Nats uniform.

Posted by: twinbrook | March 15, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Not a good outing for Storen against most of the ATL 'A team'. That'll set him back a bit in the overall view.

Posted by: BinM | March 15, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Nieves PH's for Storen & ends the inning - That should mean Pudge is done for tonight.

Posted by: BinM | March 15, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

BZZZZ- Good guess, but wrong; Martis comes in for the 5th as the #9 batter.

Posted by: BinM | March 15, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Dammit, I was right the 1st time - Pudge out, Nieves in, batting 9th; Martis batting 7th.

Posted by: BinM | March 15, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

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