Baseball’s back

Six months after baseball was last played in Washington, it returns. The Nationals open their season overflowing with expectations and hype. Stephen Strasburg makes his second opening day start, the first of his unrestricted season. The retooled and lowly Marlins are the opponent, right-hander Ricky Nolasco the starter.

Earlier today: Nationals and Marlins lineups

The comment thread is right below this for you to discuss anything about today that you’d like. In addition, join James Wagner, Barry Svrluga, Dan Steinberg and Sarah Kogod for updates here throughout the game. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.

Once the game starts, you’ll also be able to stay on top of each play through the stats above. Selecting the box score tab on the left will get you the live box, and by selecting the summary tab on the left you can see the games’ full play-by-play and scoring summary.

Each time a reporter files an update, the list just below the “Opening Day 2013: Nationals vs. Marlins” headline will flash yellow and the latest headline will appear at the top of the list. Also, a small update box will appear in the right corner of your screen. You can read that new entry by selecting the headline for the new entry in either place.
(Note: In some older browsers you might not get the yellow flash, so you might want to refresh here and there to see if anything new has been posted.)

Catch up on your Nationals reading from the past few days:

Nationals a team built to last | Tom Boswell’s chat

For the skipper, full steam ahead | Boswell: Embracing expectations

Roster officially set for Nationals | Marlins set lineup vs. Strasburg

Strasburg: Free to be himself | And pairs well with Harper

Capsules: Nats lineup | Pitchers Every MLB team

Hamilton: Beware expectations | Boswell: Rebooting history

Nats’ early baseball memories | What’s near Nats Park?

Baseball memories: Add your favorite | PSL: How many wins?

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