Because LaRoche needs to fly to D.C. for a physical before his new two-year contract can be finalized, we'll probably have to wait a day or two before the Nationals make a formal announcement that they've reached a deal with the first baseman.
Instead, this bit of news concerns an exhibition between the Nats and the Yankees, which will be played at Nationals Park on Friday, March 29 at 2:05 p.m.
Last season, the Nats hosted the Red Sox before opening their regular season schedule on the road against the Cubs.
This time around, the Nationals will take on another American League East power at Nats Park before kicking off their 2013 campaign at home against the Marlins.
Tickets for the exhibition against the Yankees are included in all full, half or partial season ticket plans. Those wishing to buy tickets for the game can do so by going to www.nationals.com/2013.
A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition game will benefit the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, an organization committed to improving the lives of children throughout the Washington Capital Region.