Mets vs Nationals: Starting Lineups, Team Notes

The Mets begin their 2012 Grapefruit League season against the Washington Nationals tonight at Digital Domain Park. The game begins at 6:10PM and it will be televised live on SNY.

Mets Lineup

  1. Andres Torres, CF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. Justin Turner, 3B
  4. Ike Davis, 1B
  5. Jason Bay, LF
  6. Lucas Duda, RF
  7. Valentino Pascucci, DH
  8. Josh Thole, C
  9. Ruben Tejada, SS

Dillon Gee will start for the Mets. He was 13-6 with a 4.43 ERA in 30 games for the Mets last year.

Nationals Lineup

  1. Roger Bernadina, LF
  2. Steve Lombardozzi, SS
  3. Mark Teahen, 3B
  4. Chad Tracy, 1B
  5. Rick Ankiel, CF
  6. Bryce Harper, RF
  7. Jesus Flores, C
  8. Xavier Paul, DH
  9. Andres Blanco, SS

John Lannan will start for the Nationals. Lannan was 10-13 with a 3.70 ERA in 33 starts last year.

Mets Notes

David Wright is not in the lineup as he continues to battle soreness on his left side. He has been replaced by utility infielder Justin Turner.

The Mets will have a moment of silence and a video tribute for Gary Carter before tonight’s game against the Nationals.

Terry Collins said that Johan Santana is cleared to pitch Tuesday’s home split-squad game against the St. Louis Cardinals. He is scheduled to pitch two innings and no more than 35 pitches, according to pitching coach Dan Warthen.

2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo will play in Tuesday’s home split-squad game. Terry Collins explains why: “I like to play those guys. I want those minor league players, when they walk out of this camp, to go back over there and say, ‘That was fun. That was really fun. How do I get back over there to stay?'”

Pitching prospect Matt Harvey is the first pitcher due in after starter Dillon Gee tonight. Collins said he is looking for command. “If he throws the ball over the plate,” the manager said, “he’ll get people out. He’s got that kind of stuff.”

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