With just three days to go before Monday afternoon's season opener in Atlanta, the Washington Nationals welcome the Minnesota Twins to the nation's capital tonight for the first of two exhibition games in Nationals Park.
When the Nats' NL East rivals from Miami come to D.C. next week it will count. Tonight and tomorrow it's just non-Grapefruit League action or, as mentioned above, exhibition games.
Tanner Roark takes the mound for the Nationals against the Twins tonight in the first game of the two-game set, making his third start and fourth appearance of the Spring.
Roark gave up 14 hits, three walks and one earned run in 14 innings in Grapefruit League action, over which he struck out 13 and held hitters to a .255 AVG.
The lineup new Nats' skipper Dusty Baker is sending out for tonight's game is likely the one, barring injuries, setbacks or hiccups before next week, that he'll be sending out on an everyday basis going forward:
- Ben Revere - CF
- Anthony Rendon - 3B
- Bryce Harper - RF
- Ryan Zimmerman - 1B
- Daniel Murphy - 2B
- Jayson Werth - LF
- Wilson Ramos - C
- Danny Espinosa - SS
- Tanner Roark - RHP
Dusty said there is a "heck of a chance" this will be his opening day lineup. Also said they will announce roster decisions tonight.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) April 1, 2016
Here's what Dusty Baker said when asked if this lineup is likely to be the Opening Day lineup:
"There's a decent chance. There's a heck of a chance. But it can change from day to day depending on who is available, who's in the lineup. It just depends on health, matchups, all kinds of things, but basically. And we're going to infiltrate other guys into the lineup, big time."
GAME TIME: 6:05 PM EDT. FOLLOW: Tonight's game is available on MASN and it's on MLB.tv which is available for free through Saturday.