Open Thread 4/12: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals

Scott Cunningham

Follow and discuss the game in this game thread for the opening contest of a three-game series between the Braves and Nationals in Washington, D.C.

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Julio Teheran pitches for the Braves, lefty Ross Detwiler for the Nats.

Look who's playing first base today?

  1. Andrelton Simmons - SS
  2. Jason Heyward - RF
  3. Justin Upton - LF
  4. Evan Gattis - 1B
  5. B.J. Upton - CF
  6. Dan Uggla - 2B
  7. Chris Johnson - 3B
  8. Gerald Laird - C
  9. Julio Teheran - P

Gattis played all of seven games at first base with Rome in 2011, and that's it. He has never played first base at any other professional level. Cross your fingers and hope there are no costly errors.

With the acquisition of Luis Ayala, Cristhian Martinez was DL'd with a right shoulder strain.

This is the first of 18 games the Braves and Nationals will play against each other in 2013. The Braves currently own the lowest ERA in the NL and have given up the fewest home runs, while Washington owns the NL's highest slugging percentage (.503). Since 2005, the Braves are 72-73 against Washington and 18-27 at Nationals Park.

Today's game will be televised on Fox SportSouth as well as MLB Network and broadcast on AM 680.

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