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Today's lineup

With John Lannan, the likely Opening Day starter, getting his first spring start today at Space Coast Stadium against the Mets, this is the lineup that wll be behind him:

Nationals
1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Cristian Guzman, DH
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Mike Morse, RF
6. Willie Harris, LF
7. Wil Nieves, C
8. Alberto Gonzalaz, SS
9. Eric Bruntlett, 2B

The scheduled Nationals pitchers after Lannan today:
Shawn Estes
Aaron Thompson
Tyler Walker
Atahualpa Severino
Andrew Kown
Sean Burnett

The Mets lineup:
1. Angel Pagan, CF
2. Fernando Martinez, LF
3. Jolbert Cabrera, 2B
4. Mike Jacobs, DH
5. Mike Hessman, 3B
6. Ike Davis, 1B
7. Henry Blanco, C
8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RF
9. Ruben Tejada
--Mike Pelfrey, RHP

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 6, 2010; 9:45 AM ET
 
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@Adam Kilgore: "The scheduled Nationals pitchers after Lannan today:
Shawn Estes
Aaron Thompson
Tyler Walker
Atahualpa Severino
Andrew Kown
Sean Burnett"

Fasten your seat belts and prepare for another ugly day.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | March 6, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

"As for the captaincy: It serves to honor the player, but more tangibly it can only serve to complicate matters. When the Red Sox went through any kind of negotiation with Jason Varitek, he and his agent, Scott Boras, used that as a chip, which helped heighten bitterness on both sides. Zimmerman is obviously at a different point in his career, and he and the Nationals have had nothing but a harmonious relationship. But you can think of a million subtle ways in which a 'C' on any player's chest would add more harm than good. Besides, everyone knows what Zimmerman is to the Nationals without an official desigation."

Other than Varitek with the Red Sox and Jeter with the Yankees, what other MLB teams even HAVE a designated captain these days? And as far as I can tell, Varitek is the only one wearing the C. Is this a case of former Red Sox writer Kilgore trying to impose Red Sox customs and traditions on the Nats?

Posted by: TBCTBC | March 6, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Agreed, the designated-captain thing is a bad idea. Let Zim lead by leading.

And field some pitchers who can get the other side out. (Blood sugar low, haven't had anything to eat, very anxious about the Viera home opener, eager to see the Nats win even an meaningless game.)

Posted by: shepdave2003 | March 6, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Wow, TB, hope that was sarcasm. Riz's the one discussing naming Zim captain. The "C" on the chest is merely symbolic of that. Adam's mention of that, to me, doesn't appear to be trying to foist a Boston tradition on the Nats, but rather a more creative way of saying, "naming him captain."

Posted by: Cavalier83 | March 6, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

"Riz's the one discussing naming Zim captain. "

But why is Rizzo discussing it at all? Because Kilgore asked him? That's my point. Is the press driving the agenda here?

Posted by: TBCTBC | March 6, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

@shepdave: When you bring these guys into camp, you've got to at least give them a look in game conditions. The roster culling should begin around St. Patrick's day.

Posted by: BinM | March 6, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Interesting though ... that spring training for Harrisburg and Syracuse started yesterday ... position players, I guess, report Monday. They have spring training games as well in FLA and there in Viera. Do some of these players move between both rosters? I guess they must?

Posted by: periculum | March 6, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

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