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Washington Nationals vs St. Louis Cardinals: Sunday Grapefruit League GameThread.

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March 6, 2012; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) pitches in the third inning of the game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
March 6, 2012; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) pitches in the third inning of the game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Gio Gonzalez's second Grapefruit League start for the Washington Nationals takes place at 1:05 pm EDT this afternoon when the Nats visit the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium. Gonzalez allowed one hit over three scoreless innings of work in his Spring debut last week against the Atlanta Braves. Today the 26-year-old lefty takes on the Cards and right-hander Jake Westbrook. Adam LaRoche is in the lineup for the second-straight day after making his first start of the Spring yesterday and driving in a run in his first ST AB. Wilson Ramos will be behind the plate for Gio's start with a mix of prospects and bench options backing the Nats' starter up today. Here's the lineup according to @NationalsPR:

  1. Eury Perez - CF
  2. Roger Bernadina - LF
  3. Danny Espinosa - 2B
  4. Adam LaRoche - 1B
  5. Jason Michaels - DH
  6. Wilson Ramos - C
  7. Brett Carroll - RF
  8. Anthony Rendon - 3B
  9. Andres Blanco - SS
  10. Gio Gonzalez - LHP
• The news out of Florida this morning? The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reports that Michael Morse received a cortisone shot for his strained lat and is a few days away from returning but on schedule according to the Nats' skipper, Davey Johnson. WTOP's Craig Heist quotes Johnson saying Rick Ankiel's hamstring is sore, but he might be able to return soon. Oh, and CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman tweeted that, "Despite Davey's desires, strong speculation is Bryce Harper will begin season in minors, w/ mid-year callup hoped for." Shocking. But just speculation, of course. Who's Watching Listening To The Nationals?