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The Washington Nationals are finally set to start their season, hosting Atlanta after their three-game series against the Newwas postponed by a coronavirus outbreak.
The Nats still have 11 players sidelined – four. The Nationals haven’t announced who is in isolation because of test results or seven additional players under quarantine because determined they could have been exposed to the illness.
Asked whether it’s possible his Game 1 lineup for 2021 could feature as many as five starting position players that weren’t expected to be there on, manager Dave Martinez replied: “It is possible. We’re going to make it work.”
Washington’s active players practiced Monday, which included Game 1 starter, outfielders Juan Soto and Victor Robles, and third baseman Starlin Castro. Among the key folks not present on the field while the media was allowed in the press box: shortstop Trea Turner, first baseman , second baseman Josh Harrison, and catchers Yan Gomes and Alex Avila.
“Very rarely – probably never – have you played with the same team on the field the entire season. We look at it like that,” said Ryan Zimmerman, the only first baseman to participate in drills Monday. “We have confidence in our whole roster. We have some guys that will step up and play well.”
Drew, who were swept in three games by the Phillies to open 2021.
(0-1, 7.94 ERA) hopes to rebound from a miserable opening day, when he allowed six runs – five earned – over 5 1/3 innings at Colorado. His second start comes at Oakland (0-5), which hit .171, while Houston was swept in four games to start the season. Right-hander Chris Bassitt (0-1, 5.06) is up for the A’s.
BIG MAPLE’S RETURN
James Paxton is back with the Mariners and will make his first start in Seattle since being traded ahead of the 2019 season. Hampered in 2020 by a, Paxton hopes to return to ace form on an $8.5 million, one-year deal with the franchise where he established himself from 2013-18. The big left-hander will face (0-0, 3.38).
WAITING FOR A WIN
Tigers right-hander Casey Mize debits his season, trying again for that elusive first career win in the majors. The 23-year-old was the No. 1 overalland breezed through the minors. Last season, she reached the and went 0-3 with a 6.99 ERA in seven starts.
Mize’s control has been a trouble spot. He walked 13 in 28 1/3 innings with Detroit last season, then had 11 walks in 18 2/3 innings and a 7.23 ERA in six spring training games this. Mize will face Nelson Cruz and the Twins at Comerica Park. Left-hander J.A. Happ makes his Minnesota debut.
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