Reds Vs. Nationals: Gio Gonzalez Gets The Ball In Washington's Home Opener

Apr 12, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; A general view of Nationals Park during the Washington Nationals home opener against the Cincinnati Reds. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

The left-hander makes his second start of the season in Washington's home opener.

The Washington Nationals started off the season with two series on the road, both of which won by the good guys. They return to the District for their home opener at 4-2 with a four game set against the Reds set to kick things off at Nationals Park. The game starts at 1 pm on Thursday and can be found on MASN.

Gio Gonzalez will get the start for the Nats on Thursday, his second with the team after coming over in an offseason trade from the Oakland Athletics. Gio started the second game of the year for the Nats against the Cubs, and while he didn't get a decision and was not quite as sharp as he would have liked to be in his first game with a new team, the Nationals still got the win. They say you don't get a second chance to make a first impression, but Gio will get just that as he pitches in front of the home crowd for the first time. Here is the lineup for Thursday's game.

We'll have plenty more on this game throughout the day on SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all of the latest news and updates. For more on this game and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. For a view from the other dugout you can check out Red Reporter, SB Nation's Cincinnati Reds blog. For more on this and every Major League Baseball game you can head over to the SB nation MLB hub page.

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