Mar 5, 2014; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) throws against the New York Mets in spring training action at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Nats vs. Astros


The Washington Nationals continue their Grapefruit League schedule tonight at Space Coast Stadium, where they will take on the Houston Astros for the second time in the last four days.

Gio Gonzalez will make his second start of the spring after throwing two strong innings in his Grapefruit League debut last week. Gonzalez held the Mets to just one run and no runs while striking out a batter in a game that the Nationals eventually won 8-5. Gonzalez is expected to throw three innings in tonight’s game.

The Astros will counter with right-hander Lucas Harrell, who will be facing a Nationals offense that scored 11 runs against the Cardinals Sunday afternoon.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. EST and the game will not air on TV.

Here are the lineups for tonight’s game:

Nationals:

Span CF

Carroll SS

Harper LF

Zimmerman 3B

LaRoche 1B

Walters 2B

Lobaton C

Solano DH

Souza RF

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