Nationals vs Cardinals: Grapefruit League GameThread - Gio Gonzalez vs the Cards

Washington Nationals' lefty Gio Gonzalez takes on the St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon in Jupiter, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium in a 1:05 pm EDT game that is available via the Cards' feed on MLB.tv. The Nats sent an interesting lineup to Jupiter...

In three minor league seasons in the Washington Nationals' organization after he was drafted in the 11th Round of the 2011 Draft out of the University of Houston, Caleb Ramsey, 25, has a combined .290/.348/.392 line. In 317 games with the NY/Penn League's Auburn Doubledays (2011), Hagerstown Suns (2012) and Potomac Nationals (2013), the 6'2'', left-handed hitting, right-handed throwing corner outfielder has hit a combined 48 doubles, 15 triples and 14 HRs. Ramsey is playing right field this afternoon, batting eighth for the Nats as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals and Cards' right-hander Adam Wainwright in Grapefruit League action live from Jupiter, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium.

Also in the starting lineup for today's 1:05 pm EDT game, which is being broadcast live (via the Cards' feed) on MLB.tv, is 28-year-old '08 17th Round pick Jose Lozada, who spent the 2013 campaign at High-A Potomac, posting a .204/.276/.254 line with five doubles, a triple and a home run in 81 games and 230 plate appearances. Lozada's playing third against the Cardinals and batting seventh in a lineup that features some of the players battling for spots on the Nationals' bench this season.

• Here's the starting lineup that will back Gio Gonzalez up as he takes on the Cardinals:

Gonzalez, who is lined up to make his first start of the 2014 campaign in the finale of the season-opening series with the New York Mets on Thursday April 3rd, has made three starts so far this spring, giving up seven hits and three runs, all earned while walking two and striking out 10 in 8 2/3 IP over which he's held opposing hitters to a .219 AVG.

• Here's the Cardinals' lineup that Gio Gonzalez will face at the start of this afternoon's game:

Game time: 1:05 pm EDT from Jupiter, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium. As noted above, this afternoon's game is available via the Cardinals' broadcast on MLB.tv.

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