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Nats will open 2014 in New York, play AL West

Sep 10, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

NEW YORK — The Nationals will open next season in New York, with a potential showdown of young aces Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey on tap at Citi Field.

Major League Baseball released its full 2014 schedule this afternoon, one that sees the Nationals open on the road, close at home and face all five AL West clubs plus the Orioles in interleague play.

Opening Day will be Monday, March 31 against the Mets, with Strasburg and Harvey (assuming he returns healthy from an elbow injury) the likely starters. After a brief, three-game series in New York, the Nationals head straight to Washington for their Friday, April 4 home opener against the Braves.

The Nats play 17 of their first 26 games at Nationals Park, including a three-game series with Mike Trout and the Angels from April 21-23. That’s the first of six interleague series against AL West foes. They’ll also host the Rangers (May 30-June 1) and Astros (June 17-18). They’ll travel May 9-11 to Oakland, the lone remaining major-league city they have yet to play in since the franchise arrived in D.C. in 2005. They’ll also play at Houston (April 29-30) and at Seattle August 29-31.

The traditional Battle of the Beltways against the Orioles will remain a four-game, two-city series, though it shifts from May to July. Nationals Park will host the first two games July 7-8 before the series moves to Camden Yards July 9-10.

The Nationals will host holiday games on Memorial Day (May 26 vs. the Marlins) and Independence Day (July 4 vs. the Cubs) but will be at Dodger Stadium for Labor Day (Sept. 1).

The regular season ends with a six-game homestand against the Mets (Sept. 23-25) and Marlins (Sept. 26-28).

Here’s the full 2014 schedule…

MARCH/APRIL
3/31 at Mets
4/2 at Mets
4/3 at Mets
4/4 VS BRAVES
4/5 VS BRAVES
4/6 VS BRAVES
4/8 VS MARLINS
4/9 VS MARLINS
4/10 VS MARLINS
4/11 at Braves
4/12 at Braves
4/13 at Braves
4/14 at Marlins
4/15 at Marlins
4/16 at Marlins
4/17 VS CARDINALS
4/18 VS CARDINALS
4/19 VS CARDINALS
4/20 VS CARDINALS
4/21 VS ANGELS
4/22 VS ANGELS
4/23 VS ANGELS
4/24 VS PADRES
4/25 VS PADRES
4/26 VS PADRES
4/27 VS PADRES
4/29 at Astros
4/30 at Astros

MAY
5/2 at Phillies
5/3 at Phillies
5/4 at Phillies
5/5 VS DODGERS
5/6 VS DODGERS
5/7 VS DODGERS
5/9 at Athletics
5/10 at Athletics
5/11 at Athletics
5/12 at Diamondbacks
5/13 at Diamondbacks
5/14 at Diamondbacks
5/16 VS METS
5/17 VS METS
5/18 VS METS
5/19 VS REDS
5/20 VS REDS
5/21 VS REDS
5/22 at Pirates
5/23 at Pirates
5/24 at Pirates
5/25 at Pirates
5/26 VS MARLINS
5/27 VS MARLINS
5/28 VS MARLINS
5/30 VS RANGERS
5/31 VS RANGERS

JUNE
6/1 VS RANGERS
6/3 VS PHILLIES
6/4 VS PHILLIES
6/5 VS PHILLIES
6/6 at Padres
6/7 at Padres
6/8 at Padres
6/9 at Giants
6/10 at Giants
6/11 at Giants
6/12 at Giants
6/13 at Cardinals
6/14 at Cardinals
6/15 at Cardinals
6/17 VS ASTROS
6/18 VS ASTROS
6/19 VS BRAVES
6/20 VS BRAVES
6/21 VS BRAVES
6/22 VS BRAVES
6/23 at Brewers
6/24 at Brewers
6/25 at Brewers
6/26 at Cubs
6/27 at Cubs
6/28 at Cubs
6/29 at Cubs
6/30 VS ROCKIES

JULY
7/1 VS ROCKIES
7/2 VS ROCKIES
7/4 VS CUBS
7/5 VS CUBS
7/6 VS CUBS
7/7 VS ORIOLES
7/8 VS ORIOLES
7/9 at Orioles
7/10 at Orioles
7/11 at Phillies
7/12 at Phillies
7/13 at Phillies
7/15 All-Star Game at Minnesota
7/18 VS BREWERS
7/19 VS BREWERS
7/20 VS BREWERS
7/21 at Rockies
7/22 at Rockies
7/23 at Rockies
7/25 at Reds
7/26 at Reds
7/27 at Reds
7/28 at Marlins
7/29 at Marlins
7/30 at Marlins
7/31 VS PHILLIES

AUGUST
8/1 VS PHILLIES
8/2 VS PHILLIES
8/3 VS PHILLIES
8/5 VS METS
8/6 VS METS
8/7 VS METS
8/8 at Braves
8/9 at Braves
8/10 at Braves
8/12 at Mets
8/13 at Mets
8/14 at Mets
8/15 VS PIRATES
8/16 VS PIRATES
8/17 VS PIRATES
8/18 VS DIAMONDBACKS
8/19 VS DIAMONDBACKS
8/20 VS DIAMONDBACKS
8/21 VS DIAMONDBACKS
8/22 VS GIANTS
8/23 VS GIANTS
8/24 VS GIANTS
8/25 at Phillies
8/26 at Phillies
8/27 at Phillies
8/29 at Mariners
8/30 at Mariners
8/31 at Mariners

SEPTEMBER
9/1 at Dodgers
9/2 at Dodgers
9/3 at Dodgers
9/5 VS PHILLIES
9/6 VS PHILLIES
9/7 VS PHILLIES
9/8 VS BRAVES
9/9 VS BRAVES
9/10 VS BRAVES
9/11 at Mets
9/12 at Mets
9/13 at Mets
9/14 at Mets
9/15 at Braves
9/16 at Braves
9/17 at Braves
9/18 at Marlins
9/19 at Marlins
9/20 at Marlins
9/21 at Marlins
9/23 VS METS
9/24 VS METS
9/25 VS METS
9/26 VS MARLINS
9/27 VS MARLINS
9/28 VS MARLINS

Home games in ALL CAPS. Times TBA. Subject to change.

  1. braveheart1 - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I HATE the MLB schedule makers! This is the third year in a row that the Nats are out of town on my birthday! There is nothing better than going to a game on your birthday in the middle of May, and they keep sending them out of town! GRRR.

    • John C. - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      It’s four years in a row for my birthday, and five out of the last six years! C’mon, guys, mix it up a bit!!

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Love that the Nats are playing in Seattle, but that’s a weekend we reserve for an annual end-of-summer camping trip. I see tense (or at least intense) family negotiations in my future.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      I would ditch camping.

  3. Section 222 - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Oh yeah — Thurs thru Sunday series at PNC Park in late May. Sweet!!

  4. janebeard - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    It’s starting to really sink in, that “better luck next year.” Prove me wrong, boys.

  5. Section 222 - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Six interleague series, and two are against the Astros. Yes, I’d say that we’ve already got better luck next year, even if they are only 2-game series.

  6. Theophilus T.S. - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    The most significant part of the schedule is 26 games in September against the NL East, especially considering the Mets — yes, I said the Mets — and Marlins will be better. 20W-9L down the stretch next year will mean more than it will this year, gaining ground against someone with almost every win.

    • Section 222 - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      You mean putting distance between us and the second place team, right? :-)

      • Faraz Shaikh - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        yes, as a third place team. :(

  7. Section 222 - Sep 10, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Between April 4 and April 16, we play six games against the Braves and six games against the Marlins. Way to mix it up MLB schedulers. At least the only potential snow-outs are the first two games of the season in NYC.

    I kind of like opening on the road. It’s like having two Opening Days. Duffy’s anyone?

    • natsfan1a - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      Duffy’s was fun for last year’s road opener.

  8. Steady Eddie - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Mark, your caveat that the Opening Day Harvey-Strasburg showdown is “potential” was appropriate if not understated.

    The latest is that TJ for Harvey seems likely, as he’s visiting Dr. Andrews this week: “while the organization has not conceded that the 24-year-old ace will need the surgery, which would cost him most if not all of the 2014 season, some within the organization are growing more resigned to the idea after the second exam.
    Harvey has been publicly optimistic that he can avoid Tommy John surgery by resting the elbow and strengthening the muscles around it. The team privately feels he will need the surgery.” (NYDaily news)

    Wheeler vs. Strasburg seems more likely, which is a challenging enough matchup for the Nats. Though we did beat him at CitiField back on June 30 (his home debut).

  9. nats106 - Sep 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Sorry Braveheart. Try having your birthday in January. Maybe the O’s are in town?

    Some 40% of the home games are in the first two months. Hopefully they will start strong like in 2012. Schedulers did a poor job of mixing up some interesting matchups-Cards, Angels and Dodgers all within 3 weeks of each other when school is in session and interest is light.

    Janebeard, I believe you had posted a couple of weeks ago that you took the water taxi from Alexandria? We were going to try that. How did the return trip work out? TIA

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