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Grapefruit League GameThread: Nationals vs Tigers from Joker Marchant Stadium

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Joe Ross starts for the Washington Nationals this afternoon as they take on the Detroit Tigers in Grapefruit League action live from Lakeland, Florida's Joker Marchant Stadium at 1:05 PM EDT. FOLLOW: 106.7 the FAN in D.C.; MLB At Bat app.

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After yesterday's rainout, Joe Ross is scheduled to start this afternoon when the Washington Nationals travel to Lakeland, Florida's Joker Marchant Stadium for the Nats' Grapefruit League matchup with Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers, which gets underway at 1:05 PM EDT. Today's game is available on 106.7 the FAN either on your radio or the MLB At Bat app, with Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler calling the action from the Tigers' Spring home.

Ross, 22, makes his fourth appearance of the Spring, his third as a starter, after having given up 12 hits, four walks and five runs, three earned in 8 ⅔ innings pitched in his previous four outings, in which he's struck out eight batters.

Also listed as "eligible" or available to pitch on the Nationals' lineup card, as posted this morning by MASN's Mark Zuckerman, are Aaron Laffey, Felipe Rivero, Burke Badenhop, Blake Treinen, Matt Belisle, Erik Davis, Rafael Martin and someone named "Whiting" who we're guessing is Boone Whiting, 26, and a former St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies' prospect signed to a minor league deal by the Nationals this winter --- unless 32-year-old former minor league outfielder Boomer Whiting has come out of retirement and is trying to make a comeback as a pitcher.

Here is the Nationals' lineup behind Ross this afternoon vs the Tigers:

  1. Ben Revere - CF
  2. Daniel Murphy - 2B
  3. Bryce Harper - RF
  4. Ryan Zimmerman - 1B
  5. Jayson Werth - LF
  6. Anthony Rendon - 3B
  7. Wilson Ramos - C
  8. Danny Espinosa - SS
  9. Tyler Moore - DH
  10. Joe Ross - P
Game Time: 1:05 PM EDT; FOLLOW: Today's game is available on 106.7 the FAN in D.C. in the nation's capital and also on the MLB At Bat app.