The Washington Times - March 9, 2011, 11:23AM

The Nationals are on their way to Jupiter, Fla., right now for a 1:05 p.m. game with the Florida Marlins. Jason Marquis will be on the hill, making his second start of the spring. In his first outing, Marquis tossed three innings and allowed just one hit.

Starting for Florida will be Javier Vazquez.


Here are the rest of the lineups for today’s action:


Roger Bernardina, CF
Danny Espinosa, 2B
Laynce Nix, RF
Adam LaRoche, 1B
Michael Morse, LF
Matt Stairs, DH
Ivan Rodriguez, C
Alex Cora, SS
Alberto Gonzalez, 3B


Chris Coghlan, DH
Omar Infante, 2B
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Logan Morrison, LF
John Buck, C
Wes Helms, 1B
Scott Cousins, RF
Matt Dominguez, 3B
Dewayne Wise, CF

While you’re awaiting the first pitch (though, as a reminder, the game is not on radio or TV today) I thought I would take a look at how some former Nationals are doing this spring. As you know by now, Washington made significant changes to its lineup this offseason, opting for what it hopes will be a more defensive-minded squad.

That hasn’t exactly been obvious through the first few weeks of spring as the Nationals have committed 14 errors already, but that shouldn’t be cause for panic just yet as most of the errors haven’t been committed by projected starters. It is spring training and that’s partly what these games are for — to work out the kinks.

I’ll try to make this a periodic update throughout the season, though it will always only include a select few players. If there are any specific guys you’d like to hear about, let me know.

Adam Dunn, 1b/DH, Chicago White Sox: 6 games played - .235 AVG, 17 AB, 2 R, 4 H, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, .321 OBP, .250 SLG

Josh Willingham, OF, Oakland Athletics: 6 games played - .313 AVG, 16 AB, 2 R, 5 H, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, .333 OBP, .500 SLG

Willie Harris, OF, New York Mets: 7 games played - .211 AVG, 19 AB, 4 R, 4 H, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K, .328 OBP, .421 SLG

Adam Kennedy, 2b, Seattle Mariners: 5 games played - .250 AVG, 12 AB, 3 R, 3 H, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, .333 OBP, .500 SLG

Cristian Guzman, INF, free agent: Guzman was traded to Texas at the deadline last year and, according to an report, Guzman’s agent said the infielder is planning to sit out the first half of the 2011 season while he deals with a “family issue.” Should the issue persist, he could sit out the entire season.

So what do these stats mean? Not a whole lot. It’s an incredibly small sample size and, for the most part, spring training stats mean next to nothing in the grand scheme of things. Still, I thought it might be interesting to see how some old friends were doing.