The Washington Nationals announced yesterday that the team will charge $5 to $10 more per ticket next season for home games against the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, following a premium pricing trend that other baseball teams have adopted over the last several years.

"We felt we had 10 games that were going to be premium games and that tickets were going to be in high demand for, and we decided to add the variable price component to our pricing strategy for this year," said Kevin Uhlich, the Nationals' executive vice president.

The premium-priced games will cover nine marquee matchups and the home opener on April 11. The nine games include the May 19-21 series vs. the Orioles, the June 16-18 series against the Yankees and July 21-23, when the Nationals host the Cubs.

The cost for full season packages will range from $7 to $40 per game for outfield, box and MVP seats; $45 per ticket for the field MVP seats; and $100 per ticket for the Diamond Club -- both of which are sold out. Individual game tickets will range from $7 to $45, according to the team.

The Nationals' average ticket price was $21.43 last season, slightly above the league average of $21.17, according to Team Marketing Report, a Chicago-based firm that tracks sports ticket prices.

-- Thomas Heath