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Bryce Harper, whose bat has found nearly every ball thrown to him, and Wilson Ramos are the only starters to make the trip to Lakeland to face the Tigers. Dan Haren will make his third start of the spring and will face a nearly complete Tigers lineup save reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera. Ramos makes his third start behind the plate this spring.

>>> Nate Karns, the Nationals’ minor league pitcher of the year last season, was scheduled to throw a side bullpen session on Sunday but was nixed as the team awaits a second opinion of tests on his leg, Manager Davey Johnson said.. The right-hander has been dealing with tightness in his upper right leg over his past two appearances and was a candidate to Gio Gonzalez’s spot in the rotation should Team USA advance in the World Baseball Classic. Ross Ohlendorf is the other candidate to start in Gonzalez’s place.

Gonzalez is scheduled to start for Team USA on Tuesday in Miami if the Americans beat Canada on Sunday afternoon. Tuesday, however, is a day off for the Nationals and Johnson said he would likely skip Gonzalez’s turn in the rotation and start Jordan Zimmermann on Wednesday on regular rest. Johnson said that would depend on how Zimmermann, who dealt with some “dead arm” during his last start, feels.

>>> Ross Detwiler threw four scoreless innings of relief and notched a save in Team USA’s 6-2 win over Italy late on Saturday night. Johnson watched the first three innings before going to bed, but said he was pleased with Detwiler’s performance and the fact that he used a good dose of breaking balls.

“He looked great,” he said. “I knew he was going to do good. That was a big shot in the arm for their bullpen.” He added, with a laugh: “That’s maybe my other left-hander in the ‘pen.”

>>> Roger Bernadina, the Netherlands center fielder, was pulled after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of Sunday’s 16-4 loss to Japan in the WBC. It’s unclear where he was hit by the pitch. The Nationals’ backup outfielder said he would have a better idea Monday morning on his status before that day’s game against Cuba in the double-elimination round.

“I feel okay,” Bernadina said in an e-mail Sunday morning. “I will see in morning how it feel, after I see the doctor.”


1. Corey Brown, RF

2. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

3. Bryce Harper, CF

4. Wilson Ramos, C

5. Tyler Moore, LF

6. Chad Tracy, DH

7. Chris Marrero, 1B

8. Matt Skole, 3B

9. Anthony Rendon, SS

— Dan Haren, SP


Pitching order

Dan Haren

Yuneksy Maya

Ryan Mattheus

Drew Storen

Cole Kimball



1. Austin Jackson, CF

2. Torii Hunter, RF

3. Victor Martinez, DH

4. Prince Fielder, 1B

5. Andy Dirks, LF

6. Jhonny Peralta, SS

7. Alex Avila, C

8. Don Kelly, 3B

9. Kevin Russo, 2B

— Rick Porcello (RHP), SP