Gio Gonzalez makes his first start of the season for the Nationals, his first performance since his stellar 21-win 2012 season, and hectic and busy winter. Longtime battery mate Kurt Suzuki will be behind the plate and the usual suspects in the field. Gonzalez will be opposed by Kevin Slowey, the Marlins right-handed starter signed to a minor league deal who made the team after injuries to other pitchers.
The former Cleveland Indians farmhand spent last season in AAA and has a career 4.66 ERA in 100 games, 90 of them starts, over five seasons with the Minnesota Twins. It’s a chilly and windy night, and the temperatures are dropping with the setting sun. As always, talk about the game here. And, from now on you’ll see our new live stats above the headline.