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Today’s Nationals-Cardinals lineup

(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Jordan Zimmermann makes his third start of the spring with a near-complete lineup behind him. Denard Span has the day off and Bryce Harper starts in center instead. Wilson Ramos is back behind the plate for the second time. Ryan Zimmerman again is the designated hitter with Chad Tracy playing third. Rafael Soriano is scheduled to pitch in his second game of the spring, and Henry Rodriguez is slated to make his spring debut.

Davey Johnson said he will go batter-by-batter with Rodriguez, who is returning slowly from elbow surgery last year. Asked what he wants to see from Rodriguez in order to crack the opening day bullpen, Johnson said: “Healthy.” He wants to see a full bore Rodriguez today.

“He had the best command of anyone in camp last spring and he threw 100,” he said. “Do I want him to back off that? No. No thank you.”

The game is on tape delay on MASN at 7 p.m. on MASN live at 1 p.m. (The media guide was incorrect.)


1. Danny Espinosa, 2B

2. Jayson Werth, RF

3. Bryce Harper, CF

4. Ryan Zimmerman, DH

5. Adam LaRoche, 1B

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Tyler Moore, LF

8. Wilson Ramos, C

9. Chad Tracy, 3B

Jordan Zimmermann, SP


Pitching order

Jordan Zimmermann

Rafael Soriano

Nathan Karns

Henry Rodriguez

Tyler Clippard

Patrick McCoy

Ryan Perry



1. Adron Chambers, LF

2. Matt Carpenter, 2B

3. Allen Craig, 1B

4. David Freese, DH

5. Shane Robinson, CF

6. Justin Christian, RF

7. Rob Johnson, C

8. Ronny Cedeno, SS

9. Greg Garcia, 3B

Shelby Miller (RHP), SP

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.



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