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Washington Nationals' Thursday lineup

The Washington Nationals will look to avoid a sweep at Nationals Park on the getaway day of the season-opening three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Cristian Guzman makes his return to shortstop, while Wil Neives gives Ivan Rodriguez a day off. The Phillies' lineup are not yet in, but here is the Nationals' lineup:

Nationals

N. Morgan - CF
C. Guzman - SS
R. Zimmerman - 3B
A. Dunn - 1B
J. Willingham - LF
W. Harris - RF
A. Kennedy - 2B
W. Nieves - C
C. Stammen - RHP

Phillies

J. Rollings - SS
P. Polanco - 3B
C. Utley - 2B
R. Howard - 1B
J. Werth - RF
R. Ibanez - LF
S. Victorino - CF
B. Schneider - C
K. Kendrick - RHP

By Zach Berman  |  April 8, 2010; 12:21 PM ET
 
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By Chico Harlan | April 8, 2010; 12:21 PM ET
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Is that really you, Chico?

Posted by: thepostischeap | April 8, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Looks like they may be pulling Chico back in til' he leaves for Japan?

Posted by: periculum | April 8, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I thought Desmond was supposed to be the everyday shortstop?

If they wanted Guz in the lineup, couldn't they put him in right? ;-)

Posted by: cassander | April 8, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

From Boswell's chat today:

"Recently I walked with a top executive of a MLB team all around Nats Park. He said it had one of the "five best upper decks in baseball." But he was worrified by the red tent on top of the gargage in leftfield thjat blocks lots of views and was amazed that the Lerners had put it up there on purpose. Also, he said, "What is that one building beyond leftfield that blocks the view of the Capitals from so many seats in the upper deck."

I said, "That's the Lerner's own office building (20 M Strtett). They thought that lots of others would get built, so it wouldn't make a difference. But nobody else built. Anmd now that office building is empty." "

Um, Tom, the Lerners had that building almost completely built even before they owned the team. And it's not empty, it's now 70% occupied.

Revisionist history or early Alzheimer's from Boswell? As my buddies at Fox News say: We report. You decide.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 8, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Chico Harlan has suddenly turned into Zach Berman. Perhaps Jason Marquis can suddenly turn into Tim Lincecum.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | April 8, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Put Desmond in the lineup... The bat is getting hot

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | April 8, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"That's the Verizon Center. They play inside it, and there just aren't enough windows to see the ice from here."
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Also, he said, "What is that one building beyond leftfield that blocks the view of the Capitals from so many seats in the upper deck."

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 8, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

What this lineup needs is some Tavares!

Posted by: SCNatsFan | April 8, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

This may be a dumb question, but wdn't this normally be Mock's turn in the rotation? Did I miss something?

Posted by: Section109 | April 8, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

on the other hand, it is nice to see spring training extended so long while other teams start their actual seasons...

Posted by: malcolmyoung1 | April 8, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me we are going to be seeing a bunch of brooms this season.

Posted by: Tom8 | April 8, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

109, Mock is listed as the fifth starter, after Stammen (3) and Livo.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 8, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Tom8, the brooms will likely be out. And I am talking about the ones in the hands of throngs of visting fans watching the team in gray throttle the Nats at Nats Park. I am sure that Stan will be happy to rent those out of town fans some lockers so that they can keep the brooms here instead of lugging them back to Cherry Hill and such places.

Posted by: dfh21 | April 8, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

109, Mock is listed as the fifth starter, after Stammen (3) and Livo.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa
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Thanks. I assumed that, because Stammen pitched Saturday, it wd be Mock's turn today. Now I get it.

Posted by: Section109 | April 8, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I think the way it is set up Mock is the 4th starter and Livo is 5th, followed by Batista as needed. Pretty formidable ... ;)

Posted by: periculum | April 8, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Under the heading of HOPE springs eternal? (Even in the face of Riggleman and his tendency to go over-the-hill.)

Rotation after the all-star break:

Strasburg, Zimmermann, Lannan, Olsen, Detwiler, Thompson Stammen/Mock/Martin (starts and long relief).

Posted by: periculum | April 8, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Mock pitches Saturday (4th starter), Livo pitches Sunday (5th starter)?

Posted by: periculum | April 8, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately, simple logic tells us that after losing by 10 and then 4 runs, we will win by 2 today.

Posted by: slewis1 | April 8, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I am sure that Stan will be happy to rent those out of town fans some lockers so that they can keep the brooms here instead of lugging them back to Cherry Hill and such places.

Posted by: dfh21 | April 8, 2010 2:03 PM

I've got a suggestion for where the Phillies fans and Stan can shove those brooms...

Posted by: Kev29 | April 8, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Nats still, and always will, suck!

Posted by: jwing14 | April 8, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

If there is a pitcher in the Phillies' rotation that the Nationals could get to, it will be Kendrick.

Posted by: BinM | April 8, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

How did Brian Schneider get to be the Phillies back-up catcher?

Posted by: nattydread1 | April 8, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, BinM, for trying to pluck us up. But jwing14's hard-hitting reality check has just taken all the air out of my day. I'm afraid I must now go and be sad. Sorry, everybody. Maybe tomorrow.

Posted by: Scooter_ | April 8, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Belliard went 3-5 today, only needed a single for the cycle.

Posted by: cy_old | April 8, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

At the risk of sounding flippant, nattydread: they signed him to a contract. 'Twas some time in the offseason, and I seem to recall reading that he was especially pleased because he's from Philly or thereabouts.

Posted by: Scooter_ | April 8, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Yup, I recall reading much the same thing re. the Schneid. (At least he hid his Secret Phoolies Shame pretty well while he was with us. :-))

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 8, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Come on folks with all the gnashing of teeth and wasted cyber keystrokes for the past 2 days, another 30K will show up today. Gotta love StanK and Mini-Me will be sitting in the front row just wondering what time the Brinks truck will show up to take away the latest haul! Its called fraud, LernerStanks you are the perps of all of this!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | April 8, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

@Mock pitches Saturday (4th starter), Livo pitches Sunday (5th starter)?

Posted by: periculum
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But then who pitches Friday?

@Under the heading of HOPE springs eternal? (Even in the face of Riggleman and his tendency to go over-the-hill.)

Rotation after the all-star break:

Strasburg, Zimmermann, Lannan, Olsen, Detwiler, Thompson Stammen/Mock/Martin (starts and long relief).

Posted by: periculum
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Let's not forget Wang, assuming he recovers. And I for one am not feeling like jwing14. BTW, the NY Times last Sunday had a mournful article about the state of the Mets, so God willing we can win some games there. They even said "The Mets are better than Washington. Aren't they?" This was the George Vecsey opinion piece. Another BTW--after Easter service I met a priest, seemingly knowledgeable and a Yankees fan, who thought that the Nats were underrated. Maybe we can even get him to pray for us. ;-)
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Posted by: Section109 | April 8, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Keep the hits coming, boys! 2-0 in the first

Posted by: Kev29 | April 8, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I think something is wrong with my computer; it says the Nats are leading 3-0 after 1.

Posted by: slewis1 | April 8, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I think something is wrong with my computer; it says the Nats are leading 3-0 after 1.

Posted by: slewis1 | April 8, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

>Come on folks with all the gnashing of teeth and wasted cyber keystrokes for the past 2 days, another 30K will show up today

Looks like about 20, a little over that.

Willie Harris playing powerball deep to right-center and out 5-2

Posted by: Brue | April 8, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Stammen got to KEEP THE BALL DOWN 5-4 Howard with an RBI single

Posted by: Brue | April 8, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

How come nobody can go more than five? I swear, nobody's done it since the beginning of spring training. Except for Olsen his last time out. This bullpen is gonna be fried in short order. They're throwing too many pitches already.

Posted by: Brue | April 8, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

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