Coming today: Nationals baseball
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.
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