Nationals vs. Braves at Turner Field
After taking Tuesday off, the Nationals and Braves are back at it in Game 2 of the 2016 regular season. Stephen Strasburg gets the start for the Nationals who will face former Orioles right-hander Bud Norris, who will take the mound for the Braves.
The big news from the Nats' lineup is the absence of Ben Revere. The center fielder was removed from Monday's season opener with pain in his right side. Michael Taylor is instead batting leadoff and playing center.
UPDATED: Revere was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. Click here for the latest.
The lineup for the Nationals is otherwise the same and the Braves are playing the same guys they had out there on Opening Day.
First pitch: 7:10 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, XM 869
Starting pitchers: Nats - Stephen Strasburg vs. Braves — Bud Norris
CF Michael Taylor
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
2B Daniel Murphy
LF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Stephen Strasburg
CF Ender Inciarte
SS Erick Aybar
1B Freddie Freeman
3B Adonis Garcia
RF Nick Markakis
LF Hector Olivera
C A.J. Pierzynski
2B Jace Peterson
RHP Bud Norris
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Despite Mark Lerner's comments to NBC Sports Washington that the team hasn't been in recent contact with Bryce Harper and has filled out the roster, SNY's Andy Martino says not to give up hope.
"Do not believe that the Nationals are out on Harper," Martino said. "People I talk to around the situation are saying don't rule the Nationals out until the moment that Harper signs elsewhere."
Martino believes that the clearest options may not be what they seem.
"The Phillies of course are pursuing him, but I continue to hear they have a tough road to get Harper to come to Philly," he said. "The Phillies are possible but I don’t know that I would call them frontrunners."
After the news of Manny Machado signing with the Padres, all eyes turn to Bryce Harper and how long this continues to drag out.
The clock is ticking.
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When Nationals principal managing owner Mark Lerner see his team lose, he has a postgame ritual that rivals one of the most ordinary passionate fan.
“ I go into a closet and scream a little after,” Lerner told NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas in an exclusive interview in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Friday. “No, no. That’s one thing that’s good about baseball. You’re going to play the next day. But I go home. I’m totally depressed. I won’t turn on the sports news or anything and get up the next morning, it’s a new day, get up and go after it again today. When I’m sitting down there, I’m very passionate as a fan. I’m yelling at the umpires like everybody else. I want to win. I hate losing exhibition games let alone regular-season games.”
Lerner also spoke about Bryce Harper's future - or lack thereof - with the team, Anthony Rendon and what he expects from the team this season.
The interview is now available in full on the MyTeams app, which can be downloaded here.
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