Are you ready for the return of Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo, dugout reporter Dan Kolko and [maybe?] the debut of MASN's recently-hired beat reporter Mark Zuckerman on the television?
It's baseball on MASN tonight live from Viera, Florida's Space Coast Stadium where the Washington Nationals take on the Houston Astros in Grapefruit League action that is being broadcast live in the nation's capital for the first time this season.
Matchup (at the start at least): Bronson Arroyo vs Collin McHugh tonight at 5:00 PM EST. Who's watching the Nationals?
If you are watching the Nats take on the Astros, you'll get to see a number of the expected everyday regulars with Ben Revere (leading off and playing left tonight), Daniel Murphy (batting and playing second), Bryce Harper (who hates unwritten rules, bro) batting third and playing right, Jayson Werth (whose thoughts on unwritten rules are unstated) as the DH, Anthony Rendon (the Nats' #GG3B) at third, Clint Robinson (Everyone's fave elderly rookie) at first, Michael Taylor (4th outfielder extraordinaire) in center, Danny Espinosa (sans beard) at short and Jose Lobaton (who voted for himself in the Bobblehead race) behind the dish.
Arroyo gave up four hits, two walks and two earned runs in two innings in his first start of the Spring last week.
He's expected to get three innings of work in tonight and he'll be followed on the mound by some combination of relief pitchers Trevor Gott, Wander Suero, Burke Badenhop, Abel De Los Santos and Jonathan Papelbon, who is expected to pitch the ninth inning, according to a report from MASNSports.com's Pete Kerzel.
Here's the Nationals' lineup for tonight's game via MLB.com's Bill Ladson:
Here is the #Nats' lineup for Thursday against the #Astros. #MLB pic.twitter.com/ruC9kXWiKC— William Ladson (@washingnats) March 10, 2016
Game Time: 5:05 PM EST. Did we mention that this afternoon's game is available on MASN? It's also available on the MLB Network and on MLB.tv so there are -- (why does everyone say "there is" these days?) -- there are a number of ways to watch the game tonight. So who's watching the Nationals? Will Arroyo last three innings? What about Ben Revere in left field? Watch out for Trevor Gott. He's on the short side, but has quite the arm. Looking forward to seeing Wander Suero pitch live for the first time. That's it. Go watch baseball and comment here for your two-screen experience!! -- [ed. note - "I don't know if AMC and The Walking Dead copyrighted the phrase 'two-screen experience' but we're totally stealing it. Do something! What!?"]