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Broadcasts Are a Work In Progress

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 6, 2005; Page D11

PHILADELPHIA, April 5 -- The second game in Washington Nationals history will not be on television in the nation's capital, though officials from the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Sports Network continue to explore avenues to get games on a cable or satellite outlet.

The Nationals' opener, an 8-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, was broadcast on WDCA-20, a Fox-owned outlet that will be one of two stations to carry 76 Nationals games, mostly on weekends. Some of those games could be carried on WTTG-5 as well.

_____ Opening Day _____
The Nationals and Manager Frank Robinson, pictured, lose to the Phillies, 8-4, on Monday.
Thomas Boswell: The first bit of reality sinks in and grounds the Nationals.
Mike Wise: Like old times, Washington loses a baseball game.
Terrmel Sledge's home run ball is headed for Cooperstown.
Montreal barely notices the Expos and baseball are gone.
Mayor Anthony Williams and some fans travel to Philadelphia.
Nationals boosters around town stopped to catch the first game.
More milestones for the Nats.
Nationals' 76 Game TV Schedule.

_____ On Our Site _____
Box score
Video of fans following the team to the first game vs. the Phillies.
More Opening Day photos from the game in Philadelphia.
Photos from the Nationals' first exhibition contest at RFK Stadium.

_____ Baseball Preview _____
It will be tough for the Orioles- Nationals matchup to join the ranks of great baseball rivalries.
A closer look at the Nationals' rivals in the NL East.
Thomas Boswell: The old rivalry between Washington and Baltimore should not take long to heat up.
Baseball Preview Section

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Player Capsules

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"I don't know exactly what the solution's going to be," Nationals President Tony Tavares said by phone Tuesday. "People are scrambling around. They've just assured us they're doing everything in their power to get the games up. I anticipate some fairly quick announcements, but we'll see."

"We've only had 72 hours to work on this," MASN head Bob Whitelaw said Tuesday. "We're working as hard and as fast as we can to get the games distributed to as many people as possible, but it's a process, and it takes some time.". . .

Last December, Bob Boone wrestled with whether to leave the Philadelphia Phillies, where he worked as a scout, to become a special assistant to Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden. "I made the right decision," Boone said. "I have my hands in so many more things here." Boone and Bowden spent Tuesday scouting players for the June amateur draft, in which the Nationals have the fourth pick. . . . The only position players who didn't play in the opener were outfielder Ryan Church (groin), catcher Gary Bennett and infielder Jamey Carroll.

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