In another sign of their rising national profile, the Nationals will appear on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” this season for the first time since opening day 2008, the night Nationals Park opened.

The Nationals will appear twice in the first eight Sunday night telecasts, according to an ESPN press release. They will play the Phillies at home on May 6, and on May 27 the Nationals will play at Atlanta. Both games, like all Sunday night broadcasts, are scheduled for 8 p.m.

Before this year, the Nationals had played on “Sunday Night Baseball,” the league’s most prominent weekly showcase, only three times since baseball returned to Washington in 2005.

The second appearance creates a tricky scheduling quirk. The Nationals will play a 1 p.m. Memorial Day game in Miami the day after their 8 p.m. start in Atlanta. In other words, they’ll report to the clubhouse in Miami less than 12 hours after they finish playing in Atlanta.


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