A Nationals opening day lineup preview?


(Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Nationals will face the Astros tonight at 6:05, a game you can watch live on MASN. Matt Williams is giving viewers what sure looks like a regular-season lineup. Against right-hander Jarred Cosart, Ryan Zimmerman will bat third and Bryce Harper will bat fifth. It’s possible, if not likely, Williams will flip those two, depending on if a right-hander or a left-hander will start once the regular season comes. The same could go for the 6-7 spots with Wilson Ramos and Adam LaRoche.

Taylor Jordan gets the start, and Ross Detwiler will pitch in relief.

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1. Denard Span, CF

2. Ian Desmond, SS

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Jayson Werth, RF

5. Bryce Harper, LF

6. Wilson Ramos, C

7. Adam LaRoche, 1B

8. Anthony Rendon, 2B

9. Taylor Jordan, SP

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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Adam Kilgore · March 19, 2014