The Washington Times - March 5, 2013, 12:00PM

VIERA, Fla. — Good afternoon from Space Coast Stadium where the wind is blowing, but the sun is out and temperatures are supposed to touch 75 degrees.

Plenty of storylines as the Nationals take on the Astros at 1:05 p.m:


— Wilson Ramos will catch three innings, his first game action behind the play since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last May.

— New closer Rafael Soriano is scheduled to make his debut, likely after starter Dan Haren and Zach Duke. Davey Johnson expects Soriano to pitch in eight games this spring.

— Former Nationals coach Bo Porter, now managing the Astros, is on hand and former Nationals farmhand Brad Peacock is available to pitch out of the bullpen for the Astros.

Here are the lineups:

Washington Nationals
Denard Span, CF
Jayson Werth, RF
Bryce Harper, LF
Ryan Zimmerman, DH
Adam LaRoche, 1B
Ian Desmond, SS
Danny Espinosa, 2B
Wilson Ramos, C
Chad Tracy, 3B

Dan Haren, RHP

Houston Astros
Tyler Greene, SS
Jose Altuve, 2B
Chris Carter, LF
Brett Wallace, 1B
Justin Maxwell, CF
J.D. Martinez, RF
Carlos Corporan, C
Matt Dominguez, 3B
Marwin Gonzalez, DH

Lucas Harrell, RHP