A Nationals opening day lineup preview?

ORLANDO FL, MARCH 4: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond (20), left, is congratulated by teammate Bryce Harper (34) at home after hitting a solo 5th inning homer as  the Washington Nationals play the Atlanta Braves in grapefruit league baseball in Orlando FL, March 4, 2014.  (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

(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.


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

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