LEADING OFF: Nats set to start short-handed vs Braves

The Washington Nationals are finally set to start their season, hosting the Atlanta Braves after their three-game series against the New York Mets was postponed by a coronavirus outbreak. The Nats still have 11 players sidelined — four of whom tested positive for COVID-19. The Nationals haven’t announced who is in isolation because of test results or which additional seven players are under quarantine because contact tracing determined they could have been exposed to the illness. Elsewhere, Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is trying to shake a slow start to 2021.