The Washington Nationals are looking to begin the season 3-0 for the first time since 2008, but to do so must defeat the Chicago Cubs for a third straight time to begin the 2012 MLB campaign. Washington sends Jordan Zimmermann to the hill, opposed by Chicago's Jeff Samardzija.
The Washington and Chicago starting lineups, via Bill Ladson:
#Nats lineup: Desmond-SS, Espinosa-2B, Zim-3B, LaRoche-1B, Werth-RF, Nady-LF, Bernadina-CF, Ramos-C, Zimmermann-P #MLB— William Ladson (@washingnats) April 8, 2012
#Cubs lineup: DeJesus-RF, DeWitt-2B, Castro-SS, Soriano-LF, Stewart-3B, LaHair-1B, Byrd-CF, Clevenger-C, Samardzija-P #MLB— William Ladson (@washingnats) April 8, 2012
First pitch Sunday at Wrigley Field is set for 2:20 p.m. ET. The game can be seen locally on both MASN HD and WDCW DC-50.
For more on the two teams, head over to Washington Nationals blog Federal Baseball and Chicago Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. For more from around baseball, head over to Baseball Nation. To keep track of all rumors and happenings in the game, check out MLB Daily Dish.