Apr 1, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) is congratulated by third base coach Trent Jewett (44) after hitting a solo homer against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Game Thread: April 3 | Miami Marlins (0-1) @ Washington Nationals (1-0)

Gio Gonzalez starts his first game of the season under the spotlight. After last season’s 21-win campaign and an off-season where he had to fend off steroid accusations, the Washington Nationals left-handed ’2′ in their 1-2 punch faces a Miami Marlins lineup that he has had success full of players he has had success against in the past.

Going for the Marlins is Kevin Slowey. Only Jayson Werth and Kurt Suzuki (who enters the lineup tonight) have faced him previously but familiarity should not be a problem as Denard Span was a teammate of Slowey’s in Minnesota. Slowey is trying to rebound from a couple of injury plagued seasons and an ugly (0-8, 6.67) 2012.

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Miami Marlins vs LHP Gio Gonzalez
Juan Pierre (L) LF
Donovan Solano (R) 2B
Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
Placido Polanco (R) 3B
Justin Ruggiano (R) CF
Miguel Olivo (R) C
Casey Kotchman (L) 1B
Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS
Kevin Slowey (R) P

Washington Nationals vs RHP Kevin Slowey
Denard Span (L) CF
Jayson Werth (R) RF
Bryce Harper (L) LF
Ryan Zimmerman (R) 3B
Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
Ian Desmond (R) SS
Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
Kurt Suzuki (R) C
Gio Gonzalez (R) P

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