Major League Baseball announced the 2012 schedule this morning and for the Nationals it features a season opener in the Windy City. The Nationals will open next season on April 5 at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.
They’ll start the season on a six-game, seven-day road trip to Chicago and New York, facing the Mets April 9-11 at Citi Field. They’ll return home for the Nationals Park opener on April 12 against Cincinnati in an 11-game homestand that features four with the Reds, four against the Houston Astros and three against the newly-renamed Miami Marlins.
Interleague for the Nationals next year will put them against the American League East including three weekend games at home against the New York Yankees June 15-17. They’ll also welcome the Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles, travel to Fenway Park June 8-10 to face the Red Sox and to face the Blue Jays in Toronto June 11-13. The dates for the Nationals’ Beltway series with the Orioles will be in Baltimore June 22-24 and in Washington May 18-20.
Their first west coast trip will take them to San Diego and Los Angeles immediately after their first homestand. They’ll also go west for a 10-game trip from Aug. 6-15 when they travel to Houston, Arizona and San Francisco.
The Nationals will play at home against the Giants on July 4 and on Labor Day against the Cubs. They end the season with three games at home against the Philadelphia Phillies October 1-3.
2012 NATIONALS SCHEDULE