The Washington nationals have been taking batting practice and shagging fly balls for a couple of weeks now but they'll start with some actual game action on Friday, even if the competition isn't exactly major league level. They'll face the Georgetown baseball team down in Florida on Friday afternoon, in what will be the professional debuts for some of their recent draft picks. The game starts at Noon, and here is the lineup, via Mark Zuckerman.
#Nats today vs Gtown: 2B Lombardozzi, LF Paul, RF Harper, 1B Moore, DH Carroll, 3B Rendon, CF Brown, SS Blanco, C Leon, P Purke— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) March 2, 2012
So it appears that the Nationals aren't going to put out their big guns, but Bryce Harper is hitting third, and Anthony Rendon is starting at third base. It will also be interesting to see how Matt Purke, a third round pick in the recent draft because of shoulder issues, pitches after some time off to rest his shoulder.
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