Washington Nationals/Boston Red Sox: One of Two To End Spring Training.

• No TV Or Radio Coverage Today For The Nationals And Red Sox...

Washington right-hander Garrett Mock finished his Spring by giving up 5 walks and 5 ER on 7 hits in 4.2 IP against the Florida Marlins this past Tuesday, ending on a low note after it appeared only a few weeks earlier that he'd pitched his way into the Nats' 2010 starting rotation. The confidence he had in his first few outings was gone by the time he took the mound this week, and the final impression he left in the Nats' coaches minds was of a pitcher who was once again struggling to throw strikes, as he walked three and gave up a ground-rule double to the Marlins' first baseman Gaby Sanchez, setting up a 5-run fifth that cost the Nationals the (meaningless) Grapefruit League game...Mock's competition for the final spot in the Nationals' starting rotation, Scott Olsen, make his final Spring start this afternoon against same Boston Red Sox the Washington Nationals will face tomorrow in Nationals Park. Olsen's last start was his best since he's returned from surgery to repair a torn left labrum, as he held the Atlanta Braves to 1 run on 7 hits in 5.1 IP over which the 26-year-old left-hander K'd 4 without allowing a walk. Olsen's issued just 1 walk in 14.2 IP this Spring, though he's allowed 30 hits and 11 ER in 14.2 IP as he's worked to build strength in his surgically-repaired shoulder. Olsen found out earlier this week that Washington was going to keep him, earning the 5-year veteran the full amount of the $1M dollar twenty-ten contract he signed with DC this winter regardless of where the Nationals decide he'll start the season...Olsen's last chance to win a spot in the Nats' 2010 rotation starts at 1:05 pm EST from the Boston Red Sox Spring home, City of Palms Park in Ft. Myers, Florida...

• DC Starting Lineup After The JUMP...

• DC Starting Lineup vs Boston Red Sox: (courtesy of @NatsTownNews):

  1. Nyjer Morgan - DH
  2. Willie Harris - RF
  3. Cristian Guzman - 2B
  4. Mike Morse - 1B
  5. Roger Bernadina - LF
  6. Alberto Gonzalez - 3B
  7. Wil Nieves - C
  8. Eric Bruntlett - SS
  9. Willy Taveras - CF
  10. Scott Olsen - LHP
• It's Find Your Own Way To Follow The Game Day...Not sure which of the Nats beat writers are still in Florida and which ones are on their way home to DC, but the game is not being broadcast anywhere...I'll post updates below when any news makes its way out of Florida...then tomorrow morning Federal Baseball.com hits the road to make it down to DC in time for the 4:05 pm EST start against the Sox...Who's Following The Nationals? And How Are You Doing It? 
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