The Washington Nationals’ defense of the 2019 World Series championship will start on July 23rd, provided Major League Baseball can pull off a season during an ongoing pandemic.
Reports that the Washington Nationals would be one of four teams playing on Opening Day for 2020’s MLB campaign on July 23rd came out a while back, but the MLB released the official, full schedule for the 60-game season.
The Nationals’ 2020 campaign does officially start on the 23rd, when they’re booked to host the New York Yankees at 7:08 PM ET in Nationals Park in the season opener, which is scheduled to air on ESPN.
The San Francisco Giants will visit the Los Angeles Dodgers in the West Coast opener three hours later.
The Nationals, the defending World Series champs, will begin their 60-game schedule that night, but before that they have three exhibition games planned, one versus Philadelphia and two with the Baltimore Orioles.
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They have the first set up for July 18th at 6:05 PM EDT in D.C. before a home and home with the O’s on July 20th (in Oriole Park) and 21st (in Nationals Park).
A majority of their games in Nationals Park this season start at 6:05, with 12:35 starts for a number of the Sunday games, as opposed to the usual 1:35 in previous seasons.
The Nationals play NL and AL East opponents in the 60 games, with three against the Yanks to start, then a four-game home and home with the Toronto Blue Jays (July 27-30), and their first of 10 games with the division rival Marlins is arranged for July 31st in Miami.
There are six total games with their regional rivals from Baltimore on the schedule as well, and they travel to New York, Baltimore, Atlanta, and Boston in the month of August, with trips to Philly, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, and Miami in September before the season wraps up with four matches against the New York Mets at home in Washington (Sept. 24-27th).
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