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Full Expos-ure

Thursday, September 30, 2004; Page D01

Q How good are the Expos?

Not very; with a 65-94 record, Montreal is last in the National League East. And General Manager Omar Minaya is bolting to the Mets.

Q When will I get my first chance to see the new team?


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Spring training in February 2005. The Expos play at Space Coast Stadium, with a capacity of 8,100, in Melbourne, Fla., 90 miles southeast of Orlando on the Atlantic Coast. The Expos play in the Grapefruit League and are a traditional spring training opponent of the Baltimore Orioles.

Q When is Opening Day?

The 2005 baseball schedule has not been released, but if it follows recent form, the season would likely begin with one game on Sunday night, April 3, with most of the clubs starting play on the more traditional Monday, April 4. D.C. officials said yesterday the home opener will be April 15.

Q Where will the team play?

RFK Stadium will be refurbished for baseball. Washington's team is expected to play there for three seasons while a ballpark is being built at South Capitol and M streets SE on the Anacostia waterfront.

Q How do I get tickets? How much do they cost?

Tickets -- and ticket prices -- are not yet available. You can sign up to receive ticket information, including full and partial season ticket plans, at www.baseballindc.com or by phone at 202-266-6610. The Web site and phone number are sponsored by the Washington Baseball Club and sanctioned by the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission. The list of those interested in tickets will be passed along to whatever buyer ends up with the team.

Q Where can I find the games on television and on radio?

Deals will have to be negotiated for both. MLB hopes the Expos will be part of a regional cable television package with the Orioles.

Q What are the chances for interleague games against the Baltimore Orioles?

It's possible the teams will play, but the schedule is still being tweaked by MLB.


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