(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The Nationals announced that they will host the New York Yankees in an exhibition game at 2 p.m. on March 29, their final tuneup before the season opener three days later. The Nationals open the season at home against the Miami Marlins on April 1.

The Nationals are scheduled to play their final spring training game in Florida on March 28 against the New York Mets, and then will return for the exhibition game against the Yankees in Washington the following day. (The Yankees were Bryce Harper’s favorite team growing up and some consider them an attractive lure for him when he becomes a free agent in the future, even though he has said he would like to remain with one team for his career. The questions arose again when Harper faced the Yankees last season.)

Last season, the Nationals played the Red Sox in Florida on April 2 and then hosted them at Nationals Park the following day in the final preseason game before the season opener. The Nationals also played the Yankees in the regular season in June, in a marquee matchup at Nationals Park between two of the teams with the best records in baseball, and were swept in the three-game series. 

Tickets for the Nationals-Yankees matchup are included in full, half or partial season ticket plans. They will also be included in select mini and flex plans which are expected to be released in the coming weeks — before single game tickets go on sale. 

The Nationals also announced that a portion of the proceeds of the exhibition game will benefit the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping area children.