Washington Nationals/New York Mets: Spring Training GameThread.

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• The latest round of cuts came this morning for the Washington Nationals, as reported here at Federal Baseball by Dave Nichols from the Nats News Network with RHP Shairon Martis sent to Triple-A Syracuse, while INF Pete Orr and OF Chris Duncan went to Minor League Camp... • The Nats and New York Mets play a 1:05 pm EST game this afternoon...• According to MLB.com's Bill Ladson's latest blog post entitled, "Three things to look for on Monday", Jordan Zimmermann and Chien-Ming Wang will be throwing bullpen sessions at some point today. • Jason Marquis will make his third start of the Spring against New York this afternoon. • After Ian Desmond's 2 for 4, 2 error performance yesterday (and one of the error's was tough scoring), Jim Riggleman penciled Cristian Guzman in at short today against New York. The Mets' have right-hander Mike Pelfrey (who's allowed 15 hits, 8 R, 7 ER and just 1 walk in 3 Spring starts and 10.0 IP), starting opposite the Nats' Marquis this afternoon and after that, according to New York Times' writer David Waldstein's article entitled, "Wilpon (Not Mets) Leaves Seinfeld Laughing", the Nationals will see, "Mike Pelfrey, Bobby Parnell, Sean Green, Ryota Igarashi and [Jenrry] Mejia..." When the Nationals released Elijah Dukes last week it opened up a competition for the starting job in right that MLB.com's Bill Ladson speculated in a blog post entitled, "Harris to be Opening Day starter; Bernie in outfield mix", will be filled, at least on Opening Day, by Willie Harris, but according to Mr. Ladson the Nationals haven't ruled out other options:

"Don't rule out general manager Mike Rizzo trying to acquire a right fielder. Jermaine Dye is still a free agent. Don't look for the Nationals to break bank to acquire his services. If Dye is too expensive, look for the Washington to make a trade for an outfielder."

DC Starting Lineup: AFTER THE JUMP...

DC Starting Lineup:

  1. Cristian Guzman - SS
  2. Adam Kennedy - 2B
  3. Ryan Zimmerman - 3B (Word.)
  4. Adam Dunn - 1B
  5. Josh Willingham - LF
  6. Justin Maxwell - CF
  7. Mike Morse - RF
  8. Wil "Blocker" Nieves - C
  9. Jason Marquis - SP.
Game Time: 1:05 pm EST live from Viera, Florida's Space Coast Stadium. Marquis vs Pelfrey. It's available on MLB Gameday...Who's Listening To The Nationals?
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