The tarp has been on the field here at Nationals Park since late Friday night and I’m no weatherman but looking at the forecast I’d doubt they’re removing it any time soon.
Nonetheless, the plan right now is still to have baseball here in Washington at 1:05 p.m. with Jason Marquis making his third start of the season against the Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo.
Should they play, Danny Espinosa will get a second straight start at the leadoff spot, Alex Cora will play third base and Ivan Rodriguez will catch.
Before we get to the full lineup, though, here are a few links from a busy Friday night.
First and foremost, the Nationals mourned the loss of 18-year-old Dominican academy shortstop Yewri Guillen, who passed away Thursday morning from bacterial meningitis. His funeral is today in the Dominican Republic.
The Nationals held a moment of silence for Guillen before their 4-3 victory over the Brewers Friday night, a walkoff win that was delivered almost single-handedly by Jayson Werth who reached base on a two-base throwing error, stole third and then came home on contact of a fielder’s choice grounder to first base by Adam LaRoche in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Bryce Harper also made his home debut in Hagerstown Friday night, going 0-for-3 with a walk in the Suns’ loss.
Here is the Nationals’ lineup for today if, my some miracle, this rain clears:
Danny Espinosa 2B
Rick Ankiel CF
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse LF
Ian Desmond SS
Ivan Rodriguez C
Alex Cora 3B
Jason Marquis P