The Washington Times - March 30, 2011, 10:08AM

With just a workout and NatsFest standing between the Nationals and Opening Day 2011, manager Jim Riggleman revealed his lineup for the big day:

Ian Desmond SS


Jayson Werth RF

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Adam LaRoche 1B

Michael Morse LF

Rick Ankiel CF

Danny Espinosa 2B

Ivan Rodriguez C

Livan Hernandez P

There aren’t any surprises here. The Nationals are facing a right-hander on Thursday in Atlanta’s Derek Lowe and this is a lineup we’ll probably see an awful lot against right-handed pitching. The one sure thing about the lineup is that it will change. No team in baseball uses the same one or two combinations for an entire season. It will be interesting to see how many different machinations Riggleman puts together this season but, to start anyway, I’m betting this is one that will be used quite often.

— The Washington Times sports section, in just our second week of publication since re-launching, has put together a baseball preview section for you and it hit newsstands today. You can read it online, download a PDF of it and even pick up a copy in your local convenience store. However you read it, you won’t be disappointed.

To make things even easier for you, here’s what you’ll find in the section:

Nationals banking future on Werth: “When the Jayson Werth era in Washington officially begins Thursday at Nationals Park, he will usher it in with the hopes of a franchise on his shoulders. For as much as Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and the unknown potential of youth represent optimism for the Nationals’ future, Werth is the bridge to get them there.”

Dan Daly: Where ‘W’ has a different meaning: “Sometimes you wonder whether the W on the Nationals’ caps stands for Wait. Let’s face it, since the franchise took up residence in Washington in 2005, waiting is about all the team’s fans have done.”

Without Strasburg, others will pitch in: “As the Nationals watch their prized right-hander make the slow journey back to health after the Sept. 3 Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery on his throwing elbow, it’s easy for the mind to wander toward the future. It’s a future that could be exceedingly bright for a Nationals rotation chock-full of homegrown talent.”

Youthful phenom Harper set for minor detour to the majors: “From the high fastballs he was able to  connect with and drive to his knowledge of the strike zone, his preparation and his maturity on the field, Harper left everyone impressed — and more than one person wondering if his debut as a Washington National could come this season.”

Top prospects aim for short stay in the minors: A look at the Nationals’ top talent at each level.

And from news, Nationals Park still surrounded only by potential: “Washington Nationals fans clinging to the promise of watching a home game in their modern riverfront stadium, then perhaps spilling into the neighborhood for dinner, drinks or shopping, will have to wait for at least one more season. Upon arriving Thursday for the fourth Opening Day in the new stadium, they will find the surrounding Southeast neighborhood much like they did during the first three seasons.”

There is also a lot of other good stuff in the section, including top storylines for the Nationals’ season, a roster breakdown and a pull-out schedule so, again, be sure to check it out.