MASN announces spring training broadcast schedule, will televise "NatsFest 2011"

MASN, the television home of the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles, has announced its 2011 spring training schedule. The network will televise 10 spring training games - five for each team - and all will appear on MASN's dedicated high-definition channel, MASN HD.

Kicking off the baseball season on MASN HD, the Nationals will face the Atlanta Braves on March 6 in Viera, Florida. MASN's preseason Nationals schedule will include four other games from Space Coast Stadium, the team's Grapefruit League home: March 11 against the Houston Astros; March 12 against the New York Yankees; March 20 against the Detroit Tigers; and March 25 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

MASN's Orioles schedule will feature five home games from Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida, beginning with a March 7 contest in prime time versus the American League East rival Yankees, airing at 7 p.m. MASN will also broadcast Orioles games March 14 against the Pittsburgh Pirates; March 15 against the Astros; March 19 against the Philadelphia Phillies; and March 27 against the Boston Red Sox.

All of the afternoon games will be replayed on the same day in prime time on MASN HD.
Fans can also access around-the-clock news from spring training by following MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko's reports on the Orioles and Ben Goessling's dispatches from Nationals camp.

The complete MASN HD spring training schedule for the Nationals is as follows:

Sunday, March 6 at 1 p.m., Atlanta Braves vs. Nationals
Friday, March 11 at 6 p.m., Houston Astros vs. Nationals
Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m., New York Yankees vs. Nationals
Sunday, March 20 at 1 p.m., Detroit Tigers vs. Nationals
Friday, March 25 at 6 p.m., St. Louis Cardinals vs. Nationals

The complete MASN HD spring training schedule for the Orioles is as follows:

Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m., New York Yankees vs. Orioles
Monday, March 14 at 1 p.m., Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Orioles
Tuesday, March 15 at 1 p.m., Houston Astros vs. Orioles
Saturday, March 19 at 1 p.m., Philadelphia Phillies vs. Orioles
Sunday, March 27 at 1 p.m., Boston Red Sox vs. Orioles

In addition, MASN HD will carry a one-hour special, "NatsFest 2011," on the eve of Opening Day. At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday March 30, join the Nationals broadcast crew for a preview of the 2011 season.

MASN features every play and every game in crystal-clear high definition, pregame and postgame shows before and after every regular season game, an all-star talent team and comprehensive online coverage at MASNsports.com.