After a week of road games, the Nationals began their home schedule Thursday on a sunny but cool afternoon in Washington. It’s the 11th Opening Day at Nationals Park, where Stephen Strasburg took the mound for the home team against the New York Mets. Here are the sights from in and around the ballpark.

The Mets and Nationals stand along the base lines for player introductions and the national anthem. Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

Stephen Strasburg leaves the mound after striking out two in the top of the first inning. Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

Nationals employee Roy Eades places rally towels on the backs of seats before the the game. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

Fans and mascot presidents show their enthusiasm for a new season outside the stadium. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

First-year manager Dave Martinez jogs onto the red carpet during his introduction to the crowd. Alex Brandon/AP

Martinez hugs center fielder Michael A. Taylor as the team is introduced before the game. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

Nationals leadoff hitter Adam Eaton doubles to begin the bottom of the first inning. Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

Fans shag balls from the outfield seats during batting practice before the game. Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

Design and development by Virginia Singarayar. Photos by Jonathan Newton and Toni L. Sandys.

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