The Washington Nationals are starting the season with a bang, but the first thing to remember about them is that spring training is far from over.
And if you want to get ready for the season before the Nationals play in Seattle on Monday night, here are the key things to know about the spring training calendar: Who is the team’s spring training opener?
The Nationals opened the regular season with three games in the Northwest, two in Minnesota and one in Portland, Ore.
The third game in Seattle will be on May 19, which makes the third start for the Nationals the first time since March 31, 2018.
Where are the games?
The first game is scheduled for a neutral-site ballpark in Tacoma, Wash., and the second game is slated for an unknown site in Portland.
Both games are slated to be played on a neutral field.
What are the rules?
There are no major rules changes for spring training, which starts on Monday.
All players can pitch and there will be no contact during the two weeks.
What happens after the first week?
The regular season will conclude on April 15 with a series of exhibition games at a new spring training facility in Phoenix.
The Nationals are expected to announce their full schedule for the first part of the season on May 13, which is the final day of the regular seasons.
The full schedule will include a return to Nationals Park, which opened on June 6, 2018, and the first game of the spring.
The team is scheduled to open spring training on May 22 against the San Francisco Giants, who have a new stadium in San Diego.