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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Coming today: Nationals baseball

By Adam Kilgore

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The Nationals buses have rolled into Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie, which has become a serious contender for worst-named field in the Grapefruit League (or, as former Nationals reliever Tyler Walker liked to call it, in an ode to long bus rides, the iPod League). Chad Gaudin will start against Mike Pelfrey and the Mets, and Bryce Harper should make his spring training game debut, potentially against Mets reliever Jason Isringhausen. Harper, judging by his @BHarp34 Twitter account, is ready for it.

This is one of the day you dream about as a kick, it's finally here! So ready, even if it's just spring training! Let's roll!

As a refresher, here's the Nats' first lineup:

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Ian Desmond, SS
3. Roger Bernadina, LF
4. Michael Morse, RF
5. Matt Stairs, DH
6. Wilson Ramos, C
7. Kevin Barker, 1B
8. Danny Espinosa, 2B
9. Jerry Hairston, 3B

The most significant non-Harper appearance will be Jesus Flores, who's slated to replace Ramos midway through the game. Flores has not appeared behind the plate since May 2009, when a foul tip dinged his right should and led to excruciating injuries and rehab. He's also ready to go.

The game can be seen at 9:30 p.m. tonight on MLB Network on tape delay. I will be live-blogging the proceedings here. So once Boz is finished chatting, come right on over. Today is not a day for work productivity. First pitch is at 1:10.

By Adam Kilgore  | February 28, 2011; 10:18 AM ET
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Maybe it's just me, but Harper's Twitter account reads as though his dad also has access to it and has sent out at least one tweet.

Posted by: KenzAFan | February 28, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Is it me or is the National league experimenting with the DH? anyway they're looking for tornado's here in the A-T-L huge warnings across the state, glad to have the boy's of summer back. The passing of Dodger legend Duke Snider is another chapter gone in the lore of the great's of the national pastime. Duke Snider was a great hitter and a very good outfielder; as i get older this is just another remeinder that former players like Snider can't live forever may God rest and bless his soul.

Posted by: dargregmag | February 28, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

If I remember correctly, most spring training games, even in the NL, feature a DH. I guess they figure no sense in opening up the pitchers to injury when the games don't matter (in the standings, of course).

Posted by: Cavalier83 | February 28, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

This has nothing to do with Adam but I was extremely disappointed that Duke Snider's passing was not on the front page of the Post . Even when you went to the sports section, it was again not on the front! This gentleman hit more homeruns and had more rbi's in the decade of the 50's than any other player! and what a decade that was (Mays,Mantle,Musial, Williams etc). I realize he was usually rated the 3rd best centerfielder in NY during his prime but he was still terrific! As a Senator fan in the 50s I did not have the ability to see the national league but he was my mom's favorite National League player and I followed his career because of that. One thing I did not realize is that he spent a brief amount of time in Montreal after his career doing broadcasts so there is a bit of a National's connection.

Excited about today!

Go Nats!

Posted by: sjm3091 | February 28, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know if this game going to be on local or internet radio today? WJFK's website announces their new partnership with the Nats (baseball back on FM -- yay!). Sure would be nice to listen in.

As far as I can tell, the only way to see or hear today's game is thru's subscription video. Bummer.

Posted by: matrixman | February 28, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Game is being shown on SNY. Don't know what the station's availability is outside of the tri-state area.

Posted by: rnkorby | February 28, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

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