Nationals not scheduled to play on Sunday night in the first half

January 15, 2013

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ESPN released its preliminary schedule for its “Sunday Night Baseball” games for the first half of next season, and the Nationals, among early World Series contenders, aren’t on it. Last year, as a sign of the Nationals rising national profile, they had two Sunday night games on national television in the season’s first half.

According to the network’s press release, the Nationals aren’t on the 11 announced broadcasts. National League East rival New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves all have one Sunday night prime-time game scheduled in the season’s first half. (Even the Baltimore Orioles will make an appearance, their first since 2008.)

No Sunday night games have been announced for the four Sundays in June and one night in July, so there could still be a possibility that the Nationals could play on one of those days. Those games will be announced three weeks in advance, and the Sunday night games for August and September will be announced two weeks before.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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