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Two Young Squads Clash on Opening Day: Nationals and Reds

On Thursday, the Nationals and Reds, both boasting youthful rosters aiming for improvement, are poised to kick off the season at Great American Ball Park.

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Game Details Nationals and Reds

Date and Time: Thursday
First Pitch: 4:10 p.m. ET
Where to Watch: MLB.TV, Nationals and Reds Bally Sports Ohio (Reds), MASN (Nationals)
Radio: At Bat; 700 WLW-AM, Reds Radio Network (Cincinnati); 106.7 The Fan, 87.7 FM (Washington); La Pantera 100.7 FM, 1220 AM (D.C.)
Lineups

Nationals:

C.J. Abrams (SS)
Lane Thomas (RF)
Eddie Rosario (LF)
Joey Meneses (DH)
Joey Gallo (1B)
Keibert Ruiz (C)
Nick Senzel (3B)
Luis García Jr. (2B)
Victor Robles (CF)

Reds:

Jonathan India (2B)
Elly De La Cruz (SS)
Spencer Steer (LF)
Jake Fraley (RF)
Jeimer Candelario (3B)
Christian Encarnacion-Strand (1B)
Nick Martini (DH)
Tyler Stephenson (C)
Will Benson (CF)
Starting Pitchers
Nationals: RHP Josiah Gray

Bullpen Outlook

The Nationals and Reds will rely on a combination of right-handers Lucas Sims, Emilio Pagan, Buck Farmer, Tejay Antone, Fernando Cruz, along with left-handers Brent Suter and Justin Wilson.
The Nationals bullpen includes Kyle Finnegan, Hunter Harvey, Tanner Rainey, Dylan Floro, Jordan Weems, Robert Garcia, Matt Barnes, with Robert Garcia as the sole southpaw.

Injury Updates

Reds: Tejay Friedl, Matt McLain, Ian Gibaut, Sam Moll, and Alex Young are sidelined.
Nationals: Jose A. Ferrer, Stone Garrett, and Mason Thompson are expected to begin the season on the IL.

Players to Watch

Nationals: Lane Thomas performed impressively in spring camp, while Joey Gallo looks to bounce back from a lackluster performance.
Nationals and Reds: Christian Encarnacion-Strand showcased power with five spring homers, while Jeimer Candelario aims to find his form after a slow spring.

Fun Facts

Dave Martinez’s managerial debut with the Nationals was on Opening Day in Cincinnati in 2018.
Notable former Reds now on the Nationals include Josiah Gray, Luis García Jr., and Nick Senzel, while Jeimer Candelario was on the Nationals’ Opening Day roster in 2023.
Sean Casey will throw the ceremonial first pitch, George Foster will deliver the official game ball, and Marty Brennaman will serve as an honorary team captain, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his Reds debut in 1974.

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