Schedule design could have big effect on eventual season

Schedule design could have big effect on eventual season
We don't talk about the schedule much in baseball, because it really doesn't matter all that much under normal circumstances. During the course of a 162-game season, every team in the majors is going to play every other team in its division 19 times, every team in its league's two other divisions six or seven times and then 20 interleague games. Sure, teams in tougher divisions - and those that play the toughest division in interleague play - have a little bit of a disadvantage. But rarely...
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Nats to open 2020 at Mets, will face entire AL West

Nats to open 2020 at Mets, will face entire AL West
The Nationals just completed a high-intensity series at Citi Field, and now they already have to start looking ahead to their next trip to Queens - in March. Major League Baseball unveiled its 2020 schedule this afternoon, never mind the fact there are still seven weeks remaining in the highly compelling 2019 season, and it features the earliest opening day in history: March 26. All 30 clubs will be in action on that Thursday, with the Nationals opening up on the road against the Mets for a...
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Nationals' 2019 spring training schedule released

Nationals' 2019 spring training schedule released
There are 4 1/2 weeks to go in the 2018 regular season, not to mention a month's worth of postseason games for those franchises fortunate enough to advance, but Major League Baseball has already unveiled the entire 2019 schedule, including spring training now. MLB released the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules this afternoon, far earlier than has been typical in previous years. It's perhaps appropriate, then, that the spring schedule will start and conclude early as well. With...
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Nats selected for three early-season Sunday night games

Nats selected for three early-season Sunday night games
Catching up on more news during my vacation last week, I see that ESPN unveiled roughly one-half of its "Sunday Night Baseball" slate for the 2018 season. And lo and behold, the Nationals are actually prominently featured in a manner we haven't seen before by the Worldwide Leader in Sports. The Nats were selected to play in three of the first seven "Sunday Night Baseball" games of the season, including the April 8 finale of their opening home series against the Mets. They'll also appear...
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Orioles set home game times with earlier Sunday starts

Orioles set home game times with earlier Sunday starts
The Orioles have announced start times for their 2018 home schedule, and folks attending Sunday games at Camden Yards are going to have to adjust their schedules. Sunday games will now begin at 1:05 p.m., a change from the previous 1:35 p.m. start time. Though games will start a half-hour earlier, Sundays will still be family days at the ballpark, which means fans ages 4-14 will be able to participate in a postgame Kids Run The Bases event, sponsored by Weis Markets. The Orioles will begin the...
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Start times announced for NLDS Games 1 and 2

Start times announced for NLDS Games 1 and 2
The Cubs are the biggest national television draw in baseball right now, so it stood to reason the Nationals would find themselves playing in primetime throughout their first-round postseason showdown with the defending World Series champs. That will be true for Game 1 of the National League Division Series, but the presence of the West Coast's biggest draw in the other half of the bracket is going to lead to an early-evening start on South Capitol Street for Game 2. Major League Baseball...
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With rain in forecast, Nats move Thursday's game up to 12:05 p.m.

With rain in forecast, Nats move Thursday's game up to 12:05 p.m.
Faced with an ominous forecast, the Nationals are moving up the start time of Thursday's game to 12:05 p.m., hoping to get their series finale with the Mariners in before the worst of the expected rain arrives in the area. It's a highly unusual move for a franchise that rarely, if ever, makes weather-related decisions that far in advance. But there were several factors at play in this case that may have made it necessary. Thursday's forecast calls for morning rain, then a midday break before...
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Nats release schedule for inaugural spring in West Palm Beach

Nats release schedule for inaugural spring in West Palm Beach
For the last 12 years, while they trained in remote Viera, the Nationals were forced to criss-cross the state of Florida each spring, with every Grapefruit League road game a minimum one hour's drive away. That all changes next spring, in a dramatic way: The Nationals will play 28 of their 33 exhibition games within a 15-minute drive of their new ballpark in West Palm Beach, with only two games more than 45 minutes away. The 2017 spring training schedule was announced today, and it offers...
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Orioles release 2017 schedule

Orioles release 2017 schedule
BOSTON - The Orioles travel to Cincinnati in April and Milwaukee in July as part of their 2017 schedule, which was released this afternoon. The interleague portion also includes two games against the Pirates at Camden Yards on June 6-7 and two games in Pittsburgh on Sept. 26-27 on the final road trip of the regular season. The Orioles travel to Milwaukee for games on July 3-5. The Cardinals come to Camden Yards on June 16-18 and the Cubs play a three-game series at Camden Yards on July 14-16,...
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