- The Washington Times - Friday, November 5, 2004

The Washington baseball franchise — if indeed the former Montreal Expos play in the District next season — will officially open its home schedule April15 at RFK Stadium against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The same weekend, the Baltimore Orioles play the New York Yankees up the road at Camden Yards.

The clubs released their schedules yesterday, with the Orioles opening at home Monday, April4, against the Oakland Athletics. The Washington club opens with a three-game series in Philadelphia, then visits Florida and Atlanta. The home opener will be the first of a six-game homestand against the Diamondbacks, Marlins and Braves.

In all, there will be 28 conflicting dates for the Washington and Baltimore clubs, far more than usual for teams in the same region.

Baseball officials tried to reduce the number of conflicts, but the best they could do was cut it from 30 to 28. The Orioles will no longer play host to the Yankees on Sept. 20-21 because Washington is home those nights against the San Francisco Giants and Barry Bonds. The Orioles will play in New York on those dates, and the teams will meet at Camden Yards later in the month.

The second Washington homestand, April 25 through May 1, features three-game sets against National League East rivals Philadelphia (April 25-27) and New York (April 29-May 1), as well as the club’s first weekday afternoon contest at 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, against the Phillies.

Washington will have 12 homestands in all, including a four-series, 13-game stand from May 30 through June12. Of Washington’s final 38 contests, 25 will be at RFK Stadium. The regular season ends at home against Philadelphia on Oct.2.

Washington will play host to the Mets 10 times, and the NL East’s remaining three clubs visit for nine games apiece.

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