WASHINGTON -- Quick turnaround for the Marlins, who go back at it in a Saturday matinee at Nationals Park after winning last night in the 10th. They're 9-1 of course -- best start in franchise history, and so forth and so on. According to the Marlins, it's the best start for any team in the majors since the Yankees and Royals went 9-1 to open the 2003 season. The Yankees lost their 11th game while the Royals went to 11-1 before losing for the second time.
Fredi Gonzalez has done some minor adjusting to the lineup for today's game, moving Jeremy Hermida into the second spot and having Ronny Paulino (with left-hander Scott Olsen going for the Nats)bat sixth.
Marlins: 1.Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. Jeremy Hermida, lf; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 1b; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. Ronny Paulino, c; 7. Cody Ross, rf; 8. Cameron Maybin, cf; 9. Josh Johnson, p.
Nationals: 1. Anderson Hernandez, 2b; 2. Nick Johnson, 1b; 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3b; 4. Adam Dunn, lf; 5. Elijah Dukes, cf; 6. Josh Bard, c; 7. Austin Kearns, rf; 8. Alberto Gonzalez, ss; 9. Scott Olsen, p.