- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Act one, scene two

The morphing of the Montreal Expos into the Washington Nationals in 2005 marked the return of major league baseball to D.C. for the first time in 34 years and the start of something new and different.

Loverro: A ‘Rocky’ season looms for the Nationals

Heller: After thrilling debut, the party is over for Nats

Year two brings a few questions

No Monday Morning Quarterbacks here, just the Thursday Morning Manager ready to answer all those questions on your mind on the eve of Opening Day…

The RFK effect

“I’ll just stick to hitting doubles,” Nationals outfielder Ryan Church last year.

Key dates

Things to look for on the Washington Nationals schedule this season.

Nationals: The Team

Carpenter, Paciorek together again

Bob Carpenter and Tom Paciorek never worked together before this season, but their careers surely are intertwined.

Sizing up the East

Baseball’s best division is going to look a little different this season. Just not at the top.

Orioles:

To the rescueIt usually is not a good sign when the pitching coach is the star of a major league team.

Loverro: At last, Perlozzo’s time has come

Orioles: The Team

Around Baseball:

ESPN begins new eight-year national dealNationals fans may still be fighting to get their team’s games shown on Comcast cable, but for out-of-town action, ESPN has things covered once again.

Top 10 stories

A look at the 10 biggest baseball stories on the eve of the 2006 season.

League Capsules:

AL EAST

AL CENTRAL

AL WEST

NL EAST

NL CENTRAL

NL WEST

Predictions:

Loverro

Zuckerman

Wright

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