(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The Nationals will play their home opener today against the Miami Marlins. Several players – including Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and Craig Stammen – worked out this morning and left for the Daytona 500, which reminded Davey Johnson about his trip to the race as a player. The year after he hit 43 homers for the Atlanta Braves, the event organizers invited him to ride in the pace car and see the pits up close.

“I got to sit with Ms. Stick Shift,” Johnson said. “You remember those things.”

Jordan Zimmermann will make his spring debut against Henderson Alvarez, one of the young starters the Marlins acquired in their massive trade with the Blue Jays. The Nats will see plenty of Alvarez this year and coming seasons, and this is their first chance.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray is here today and will throw out the first pitch. He’s been impressed with the Nationals’ facility in Viera, Fla.; the half field made quite an impression on him.

Here are the lineups:


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony  Rendon, 3B

3. Bryce Harper, LF

4. Tyler Moore, RF

5. Chad Tracy, 1B

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Danny Espinosa, 2B

8. Kurt Suzuki, C

9. Steve Lombardozzi, DH

-Jordan Zimmermann, SP


1. Chone Figgins, 3B

2. Chris Coghlan, CF

3. Greg Dobbs, DH

4. Austin Kearns, LF

5. Rob Brantly C

6. Matt Downs 1B

7. Nick Green, SS

8. Chris Valaika, 2B

9. Bryan Petersen RF

-Henderson Alvarez SP

For the Nationals, these are the scheduled pitchers behind Zimmermann:

Zach Duke

Yunesky Maya

Jeremy Accardo

Will Ohman

Drew Storen

Tanner Roark

Pat McCoy