The Washington Nationals unveiled their 2018 spring training schedule Monday afternoon and, like last year when Ballpark of the Palm Beaches opened, they won’t have to travel much.
The 32-game Grapefruit League slate begins with the Feb. 23 opener against the Houston Astros, their fellow Ballpark of the Palm Beaches residents, as the road team in West Palm Beach, Fla. It concludes at Nationals Park against the Minnesota Twins two days before Washington opens the regular season in Cincinnati against the Reds. The club hasn’t announced report dates, but players are expected to report in mid-February.
The Nationals will play at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches 18 times — 15 as the home team, three as the visiting club against the Astros — and host their official home opener against the Atlanta Braves on Feb. 25. They play the Astros, the World Series champions, a total of seven times during the spring. Of their 15 road games, just six will be outside Palm Beach County — they face the Braves in Orlando twice, the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland once and the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie three times.
Washington’s nine other games away from Ballpark of the Palm Beaches are against the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins, 12 miles away in Jupiter.
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