Strasburg vs. Fernandez

JUPITER, Fla. — It may be an ordinary mid-Spring Training game on Saturday afternoon, but the pitching matchup is one of the best thus far in the Grapefruit League season.

Jose Fernandez and Stephen Strasburg are set to start at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium.

The Marlins have already announced Fernandez will start on Opening Night on March 31 against the Rockies. Washington opens the same day at the Mets.

The Nationals have yet to name their Opening Day starter, but Strasburg is believed to be the likely choice.

“These are two of the bright, young pitching stars in the game,” Marlins bench coach Rob Leary said. “That being said, it’s a Spring Training game, and guys are getting ready for the season. From our perspective, it’s good to see. We’re going to face a really good one, but we’re sending a really good one out there ourselves.”

Fernandez is scheduled to throw about 60 pitches, compared to roughly 50 for Strasburg.

Saturday also marks the return to the lineup for Marlins second baseman Rafael Furcal, who sustained a mild left hamstring strain on Monday.

The Marlins have half of their start in Jupiter, and the other half in Panama for their two-game set against the Yankees.

Miami is starting Brad Hand in Panama.

Injury update:

Ed Lucas, who strained his left hamstring on Thursday, is progressing nicely. Lucas was in uniform for stretch on Saturday morning. He is still taking it day to day, and being cautious.

Marlins vs. Nationals

1) Furcal 2B
2) Solano SS
3) Saltalamacchia C
4) McGehee DH
5) Ozuna CF
6) Bogusevic RF
7) Johnson LF
8) Wigginton 1B
9) Rodriguez 3B

vs. Yankees

1) Marisnick LF
2) Yelich CF
3) Stanton RF
4) Jones 1B
5) Mathis C
6) Dietrich 2B
7) Hechavarria SS
8) Moran 3B
9) Barnes DH

Joe Frisaro

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