Day 24: Nationals (5-3) @ Cardinals (2-4)
Saturday’s lineup does not feature Peter Bourjos — who has now been out a week due to a hamstring cramp — but it does include Oscar Taveras for the second straight day. After playing half the game in right field on Friday, Taveras will just get at-bats today.
This lineup is as close to the projected Opening Day one as the Cardinals have had so far this spring. The top two-thirds includes six certain starters, all in their expected spot in the batting order. Mark Ellis and Jon Jay have not been guaranteed starting jobs, but with Wong struggling and Bourjos ailing, their roles could be augmented.
Michael Wacha gets the start on Saturday. Tyler Lyons is also expected to throw multiple innings. Trevor Rosenthal plans to make his spring debut in relief.
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