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Nats to begin ’16 in Atlanta, home opener vs. Marlins

Sep 8, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT

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The Nationals will begin their 2016 season with a 2-game series in Atlanta before hosting the Marlins in their home opener, face the Orioles in a 4-game, home-and-home series in August, face the AL Central in other interleague play and host the Twins in a 2-game exhibition series prior to Opening Day.

Major League Baseball unveiled its full 2016 schedule Tuesday afternoon, announcing that every team in the sport will begin play on Monday, April 4, aside from one yet-to-be-determined season-opening game the previous night.

The Nationals, who opened this season at home, will be on the road next yet, though not for long. They’ll face the Braves in the final opener at Turner Field on April 4, then take a day off before wrapping up that series April 6. The next day, Thursday, April 7, the Nats will host the Marlins, the start of a 7-game homestand.

The annual Battle of the Beltways returns to a 4-day, home-and-home format, with Camden Yards hosting games August 22-23 before the two rivals head to Nationals Park on August 24-25.

The Nationals’ other interleague games all come against the AL Central, with the Twins (April 22-24), Tigers (May 9-11) and Indians (August 10-11) all traveling to D.C. The Nats will play at the Royals (May 2-4), White Sox (June 7-9) and Indians (July 26-27).

In between their spring training finale in Viera and Opening Day in Atlanta, the Nationals will come north for two exhibitions against the Twins (April 1-2).

Here’s the full 2016 schedule, subject to change…

April 1-2: Exhibitions vs. Twins at Nationals Park
April 4, 6: at Braves
April 7, 9-10: vs. Marlins
April 11-14: vs. Braves
April 15-17: at Phillies
April 18-21: at Marlins
April 22-24: vs. Twins
April 26-28: vs. Phillies
April 29-May 1: at Cardinals
May 2-4: at Royals
May 5-8: at Cubs
May 9-11: vs. Tigers
May 13-15: vs. Marlins
May 17-19: at Mets
May 20-22: at Marlins
May 23-25: vs. Mets
May 26-29: vs. Cardinals
May 30-June 1: at Phillies
June 3-5: at Reds
June 7-9: at White Sox
June 10-12: vs. Phillies
June 13-15: vs. Cubs
June 16-19: at Padres
June 20-22: at Dodgers
June 24-26: at Brewers
June 27-29: vs. Mets
June 30-July 3: vs. Reds
July 4-6: vs. Brewers
July 7-10: at Mets
July 12: All-Star Game in San Diego
July 15-17: vs. Pirates
July 19-21: vs. Dodgers
July 22-24: vs. Padres
July 26-27: at Indians
July 28-31: at Giants
Aug. 1-3: at Diamondbacks
Aug. 5-7: vs. Giants
Aug. 9-10: vs. Indians
Aug. 12-14: vs. Braves
Aug. 15-17: at Rockies
Aug. 18-21: at Braves
Aug. 22-23: at Orioles
Aug. 24-25: vs. Orioles
Aug. 26-28: vs. Rockies
Aug. 29-31: at Phillies
Sept. 2-4: at Mets
Sept. 5-7: vs. Braves
Sept. 8-11: vs. Phillies
Sept. 12-14: vs. Mets
Sept. 16-18: at Braves
Sept. 19-21: at Marlins
Sept. 23-25: at Pirates
Sept. 26-29: vs. Diamondbacks
Sept. 30-Oct. 2: vs. Marlins

  1. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Thanks! I don’t get the Friday off-day (April 8), and who knows why we got the Twins instead of the Yankees for the final exhibition games. The Yanks got bored with us?

    • nats106 - Sep 8, 2015 at 2:18 PM

      That must be why season plan holders had to lock in August 31st for the “discounted” 2nd exhibition game. Really who wants to see Senators, take 1 twice-in an exhibition, no less?

      • NatsLady - Sep 8, 2015 at 2:21 PM

        Always lots of Yankee fans at that exhibition game. I don’t foresee a lot of Twins fans.

      • nats106 - Sep 8, 2015 at 2:28 PM

        I don’t see a lot of Twins fans, period. Bryce would have a field day, haha.

  2. nats106 - Sep 8, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Well, we do have something to look forward to beyond 10/4/15. I was losing hope.

  3. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Late September for the Pirates at PNC. Gonna try to go if it’s not cold by then.

  4. Section 222 - Sep 8, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    First thing I checked was whether the series at PNC was on a weekend. Thankfully, it is. A trip to PNC in the fall will be awesome.

  5. Section 222 - Sep 8, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Second thing I checked was the opening of the season. So the Nats have their two exhibition games at Nats Park against the Twins on Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, then open the season on Monday the 4th in Atlanta, then have an off day and play another game against the Braves. Then they come back to DC for the home opener on Thursday the 7th. Weird. Gonna play havoc with my work schedule that week.

    Will Duffy’s reopen by April 4th?

  6. stoatva - Sep 8, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Maybe they’ll bring Camilo Pascual up from Cuba. Hardly anyone else from that team is still alive! Jim Kaat, although he shouldn’t really count and I couldn’t care less about him.

    But Pascual would be cool.





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