February 15, 2013; Viera, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Dan Haren (15) throws during spring training at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Preview And Lineups: Spring Training Game 10 | Houston Astros @ Washington Nationals


After an off day yesterday, the Washington Nationals are back at it, and finally are facing an American League team – even if it doesn’t feel like it as the Astros are making their American League debut this year. Former Nationals coach Bo Porter returns to Viera as manager of the Astros and Davey Johnson welcomed him with what is very close to a regular season lineup. Only Ryan Zimmerman at designated hitter and Chad Tracy at third base is a little different. The batting order has Jayson Werth second and Bryce Harper third once again so it looks like Harper will not have his wish of batting second at least based on the times he is in the lineup with the regulars.

Dan Haren goes out for his second start of the Spring and hopes to have his new found velocity again as he gets ready for the regular season. He will be pitching to Wilson Ramos who makes his Spring debut at catcher as he tests himself to see if he will be ready for the regular season.

Game time is 1:05 and there is no television today but the next three days will have the Nationals on TV – or at least MLB.tv for subscribers. One interesting note is that the Nationals and Miami Marlins are currently the only two teams over .500 in the National League this Spring. All other NL teams are .500 or below.

Houston Astros (5-4)
Tyler Greene SS
Jose Altuve 2B
Chris Carter LF
Brett Wallace 1B
Justin Maxwell CF
J.D. Martinez RF
Carlos Corporan C
Matt Dominguez 3B
Marwin Gonzalez DH
P: Lucas Harrell

Washington Nationals (4-3)
Denard Span CF
Jayson Werth RF
Bryce Harper LF
Ryan Zimmerman DH
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Wilson Ramos C
Chad Tracy 3B
P: Dan Haren

Tags: Houston Astros Washington Nationals

  • Dave

    Somewhat amazingly (given the lack of name recognition), I think the Astros lineup is fairly close to a regular season lineup as well. I guess Bo feels like he needs to send mostly starters out there against the Nats, even on the road, to keep it from getting out of hand.

    • Jared Book

      Yeah that’s a great point. With the teams being in different leagues and a World Series matchup… unlikely (to put it mildly,) there is no harm in showing the other team your best. You’re looking at DH and catcher as the only positions with a non-opening day starter for the Astros. I’m sure Bo wants to win this one more than one would a normal Spring game.