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Today's lineup

The Nationals boarded their bus at 9 a.m. for Lake Buena Vista, and they'll play the Braves today at 1:05 using this lineup:

1. Roger Bernadina, LF
2. Adam Kennedy, 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn Chris Duncan, 1B
5. Elijah Dukes, RF
6. Ivan Rodriguez, C
7. Justin Maxwell, CF
8. Mike Morse, DH
9. Ian Desmond, SS
-Miguel Batista, SP

Here's hoping we get to see Jason Heyward. Shortstop Cristian Guzman is staying back again, as is Josh Willingham, who arrived in Viera on Wednesday after dealing with scare of his newborn son having hard-to-diagnose health problems. Willingham said his son will return home from the hospital this weekend and, "he's doing great. It's nice to have him healthy and not worry about your family when you go to work."

As for basbeall, it still looks like Monday is his likely return date. "I feel like I could play in a game if I wanted to play in a game," Willingham said. "But they want to give me a few days to get my legs under me."

*My bad on having Dunn in there. It's Duncan.

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 5, 2010; 9:20 AM ET
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Good news, Josh.

Posted by: Section506 | March 5, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Stud Bernadina leading off!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 5, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

We're a grammar-ly bunch here. WITH REGARD to the story on Storen, I'm pretty sure the phrase "in regards to" is completley incorrect.

Just doing my part.


Posted by: NatsNut | March 5, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Some extra reading material if you haven't already seen it. It's on the potential #1 pick this year:

Posted by: TimDz | March 5, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Glad to hear about Willingham's son.

I've been watching MLB's games on TV & some of the hot stove reports. One thing that strikes me is the great advantage that the teams that play in Arizona have. All of the trips are short and leave much time for further workouts. Also, the weather tends to be consistently better. Methinks that either the grapefruit teams will have to figure a way to get closer to each other or more teams will be moving to cactus.

Just a thought.

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | March 5, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Also glad to hear that Little Hammer is on the mend.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 5, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

First trip to Arizona last year and I totally agree - camps are close, weather was great - not sure why more teams aren't thinking of moving

Posted by: sjm3091 | March 5, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

4-hitter is DUNCAN, not Dunn. Sloppy once again.

Posted by: kfisher32 | March 5, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

re: cactus vs. grapefruit --

I just realized there are 15 teams in each league. Yet in the Cactus League, 10 of those teams share a training facility while in the Grapefruit only 2 do. While the stadiums are indeed closer in AZ, maybe there are more opportunities to have your own facility in FLA? Also, I think it makes more sense for the east coast teams to go to FLA so they are closer to their fan base, and vice versa for the west coast teams going to AZ. The midwest teams split the difference (CIN, CLE, MIL, CHC, CWS, KC in AZ; MIN, DET, HOU, STL in FL).

What would help the travel times in Florida would be to have the Atlantic Coast teams (WAS, NYM, STL, FLA) move west towards the Gulf Coast.

Posted by: erocks33 | March 5, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Great news about Willingham, bad news about Nick Johnson, expected news about Cabrera.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | March 5, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Who's on first? Duncan or Dunn? What's on second ...

Posted by: periculum | March 5, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

What an interesting lineup for today's game! Aside from Zim (assuming it's Duncan not Dunn), filled with new faces and guys for whom we have hopes but lots of questions.

A late entry, but Bernadina is the one I'm rooting for to make the club.

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | March 5, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, the "bird cage" article on JD Martin will appear soon.

Posted by: periculum | March 5, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Wake up Adam, your lineup is wrong ... Dunn isn't in the 4 slot?

Posted by: periculum | March 5, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Chill, periculum. I'm sure Kilgore had to drive himself to Lake Buena Vista and is either en route or talking to someone pre-game.

The consensus appears to be that Duncan is playing, and I'm sure your day won't be materially affected either way.

Posted by: faNATic | March 5, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

3/5s of the Nats opening day starting rotation is unaccounted for. That's the majority of our pitching staff. Real teams do not go into spring training with 3 let alone 2 spots open. How has Rizzo gotten away with this and gotten so much praise when the pitching staff is in such disarray.

This is really unreal. How can you even be optimistic about the season when you don't even know who is going to be on the mound.
They've got 2--TWO spots taken and that's it.
Bowden would be getting hammered right now if this was his doing. And rightly so. Why has Rizzo gotten a free pass?

In case anyone forgot it's all about pitching. Where is the Nats?

Posted by: dovelevine | March 5, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't be happier with Kilgore. It's amazing how incredible it is to have someone on the beat who you can tell actually loves being there. Chico was a great writer but I never did feel he loved being around baseball, im sure he appreciates it now, but this is the type of beat writer I've been hoping for, for years now.

Thanks AK!

Posted by: NatsandSkinsareclassclassclass | March 5, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

NatsandSkinsareclassclassclass : a Jim Jones Kool-Aid handle if there ever was one ...

They do have pitching just not the #1, #2 rotation kind. Other than JZimm and Strasburg you pretty much just have Karns and Holder in the minors ... not sure about Thompson.

Lannan should improve. Looks like Martin, Stammen and Mock are coming along. They are just missing a lefty ... Olsen? Chico?

They will more than likely get another fireballer whether internationally or from the draft to go with Strasburg and perhaps JZimm. A trade is also possible but other than Willingham, Marerro, Guzman, etc. what do they really have to offer?

Posted by: periculum | March 5, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Thank you AK.

Posted by: periculum | March 5, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: hats4bats | March 5, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

You seem to be on it, Dove.
True, Detwiler is now apparently out of that equation, and they'd be nuts to use Strasburg. If they can't come up with 3 more out of Olsen, Chico, Mock, Stammen, Martin, and Hernandez, then the next layer seems to be Martis, Bergman, and a few other longshots, or else a trade.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 5, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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