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St. Louis Cardinals @ Washington Nationals game thread - Game 12 - April 21, 2015

Lance Lynn vs. Gio Gonzalez

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The St. Louis Cardinals travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Nationals. The contest will be the Cardinals first in a stretch of schedule that has them slated to play 20 games in 20 days. After the off-day-filled opening weeks of the season, the brutal regular-season grind truly commences today.

The commencement of a veritable three-week gauntlet is probably one of the reasons the Cardinals replaced Peter Bourjos (who is on paternity leave) with righthanded reliever Mitch Harris on the active 25-man roster. The move leaves the Cardinals with three full-time outfielders on the active roster: Jon Jay, Matt Holliday, and Jason Heyward. In a pinch Mark Reynolds, Pete Kozma, or Dean Anna could take to the outfield. What's the plan in center specifically until Bourjos returns to the team in a few days? St. Louis Post-Dispatch scribe Derrick Goold has the answer on Twitter:

Also, for those who are able to watch the game on MLB Network, tonight's game will be featured as the premiere of the Statcast broadcast:

According to, the St. Louis lineup:

  1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  5. Mark Reynolds, 1B
  6. Jon Jay, CF
  7. Yadier Molina, C
  8. Kolten Wong, 2B
  9. Lance Lynn, P
According to, the Washington lineup:
  1. Warren Span, CF
  2. Ian Desmond, SS
  3. Jayson Werth, LF
  4. Bryce Harper, RF
  5. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
  6. Yunel Escobar, 3B
  7. Wilson Ramos, C
  8. Danny Espinosa, 2B
  9. Gio Gonzalez, P