The Washington Times - March 7, 2012, 01:03PM

VIERA, Fla. — Things are just about to get underway here in Viera for the Nationals-Cardinals 1 p.m. tilt at Space Coast Stadium. The Cardinals didn’t exactly send their heavy hitters for this one. Daniel Descalso and Jon Jay appear to be the headliners as far as position players go.

There are a few starters with Nationals ties in the lineup, though, with former National Alex Cora hitting eighth and playing shortstop as a non-roster invitee with the Cardinals this spring. Erik Komatsu is also hitting ninth and playing right field. Komatsu could be a guy the Nationals see again. Acquired in the trade for Jerry Hairston Jr. with the Brewers last July, Komatsu was selected by the Carindals in the Rule 5 draft this past December. If he doesn’t stick on their 25-man roster throughout the 2012 season, he’ll be returned to the Nationals organization.


Here are the full lineups for today’s contest, which is a pretty good pitching matchup with Jordan Zimmermann making his first start of the spring against St. Louis’ top prospect Shelby Miller.


Ian Desmond SS
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Rick Ankiel CF
Chad Tracy 1B
Jason Michaels DH
Mark Teahen 3B
Roger Bernadina LF
Jesus Flores C
Corey Brown RF

Jordan Zimmermann P


Eugenio Velez LF
Daniel Descalso 3B
Jon Jay CF
Matt Adams 1B
Tyler Greene 2B
Zack Cox DH
Bryan Anderson C
Alex Cora SS
Erik Komatsu RF

Shelby Miller P

The Nationals pitchers who are scheduled for today:

Matt Purke, Brad Lidge, Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen

Here is the Nationals lineup for Thursday’s game vs. Houston:

Lombardozzi SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Mark DeRosa 1B
Jayson Werth DH
Wilson Ramos C
Bryce Harper RF
Brett Carroll CF
Roger Bernadina LF

Edwin Jackson P 

Jackson will be followed to the mound by Ross Detwiler, Ryan Perry, Rafael Martin, Henry Rodriguez, Waldis Joaquin and Austin Bibens-Dirkx.