- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 30, 2008

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Nats Home Plate: Our coverage team will be blogging and filing video reports from the Nationals’ season opener at the new ballpark.

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Will Cinderella finally meet her match? Stephen Curry and Davidson face Kansas with a Final Four spot at stake. 5:05 p.m., Chs. 9, 13

TV TUNER ” FIRST-HALF BASEBALL GAMES TO WATCH

The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics kicked off the 2008 season by splitting two games in Tokyo, and the Nationals open on national television tonight against the Braves. Now, here are a few more key games to watch before the All-Star Game on July 15 in Yankee Stadium:

Arizona at Colorado, Friday

The Diamondbacks travel to Denver for the Rockies’ first game at Coors Field since Boston swept them in the World Series. Colorado swept NL West champion Arizona in the championship series, and both teams are strong contenders again this year.

Detroit at Boston, April 8

The Red Sox started the season in Japan and are scheduled for Oakland’s and Toronto’s home openers before they even make it to Fenway Park. Their first homestand starts with three games against Miguel Cabrera and the revamped Tigers and concludes with a weekend series against the New York Yankees.

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, May 5

Ken Griffey Jr. and the Reds play host to the NL Central favorite Cubs in the opener of a three-game set. Griffey is just seven home runs shy of 600 heading into the season.

L.A. Angels at Seattle, June 2

The AL West rivals featuring two of the deepest rotations in the majors meet in the opener of a three-game set. Los Angeles has won three of the past four division titles.

Yankees at Mets, June 27

Joe Girardi makes his first and last trip to Shea as Yankees manager unless the Big Apple rivals meet again in the postseason. The Mets and Yankees split six games last year.

Associated Press

TWT FIVE ” MITCHELL REPORT SERIES

Matchups this week in which you’ll have the best chance of seeing the stars of the Mitchell Report:

1. Rockies at Cardinals: Colorado’s Matt Herges, St. Louis’ Rick Ankiel, Troy Glaus and Ryan Franklin

2. Royals at Tigers: Kansas City’s Jose Guillen and Detroit’s Gary Sheffield

3. Blue Jays at Yankees: Toronto’s Gregg Zaun, New York’s Jason Giambi and Andy Pettitte

4. Giants at Dodgers: No more Bonds, but there is Gary Bennett of Los Angeles.

5. Rays at Orioles: Baltimore’s Jay Gibbons is waiting to hear about his suspension.

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