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Nats to face Yanks, Red Sox in spring

Nats to face Yanks, Sox in spring

The Nationals on Thursday announced their 2010 Spring Training schedule, which is highlighted by a home game against Derek Jeter and the World Series champion Yankees on March 12, and will conclude with an April 3 exhibition against the Red Sox at Nationals Park in Washington.

Fans will get a chance to see Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and center fielder Nyjer Morgan in action. Riggleman is in his first full season with Washington, while Zimmerman -- who won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award this year -- is considered one of the best defensive third basemen in baseball. Morgan, who will be in his first full season with the Nationals, is expected to be the leadoff hitter.

The Florida-based portion of the Nationals' spring schedule is comprised of 32 Grapefruit League contests, including 15 home games at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. The exhibition season will start March 4 with split-squad games against the Marlins in Jupiter, Fla., and Astros in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Nationals will host the Mets in their spring home opener March 6, and will square off against the Yankees on March 12 at Space Coast Stadium.

Washington will play host to Boston on April 3 at Nationals Park, marking the third straight season that the nation's capital will host a baseball exhibition before Opening Day. The Nationals kicked off then 2008 and '09 campaigns with exhibition contests against the Orioles.

The team's report/workout dates are as follows: pitchers and catchers report Feb. 19, position players report Feb. 24 and the first full-squad workout is Feb. 26.

Individual-game tickets for the Nationals' spring contests at Space Coast Stadium, excluding the March 12 home game against the Yankees, will be available beginning Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. ET.

They can be purchased at nationals.com, at the Space Coast Stadium box office or by calling (321) 633-9200. Season tickets, group tickets and suites are on sale now and can be reserved by calling (321) 633-9200. Purchase options for the March 12 Nationals-Yankees contest will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the Nationals-Red Sox game on April 3 at Nationals Park will be available to the public when individual-game tickets for the 2010 regular season go on sale in February.

Fans interested in season-ticket plans at Nationals Park for the 2010 home season may purchase full (82), half (42) and partial (22) packages online at nationals.com or by calling (202) 675-NATS (6287) and selecting option No. 1. Tickets to the exhibition game against the Red Sox are included in each plan for half price.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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