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Nats begin '16 in Atlanta, home opener vs. Miami

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Nats begin '16 in Atlanta, home opener vs. Miami

The Nationals will begin their 2016 season with a 2-game series in Atlanta before hosting the Marlins in their home opener, face the Orioles in a 4-game, home-and-home series in August, face the AL Central in other interleague play and host the Twins in a 2-game exhibition series prior to Opening Day.

Major League Baseball unveiled its full 2016 schedule Tuesday afternoon, announcing that every team in the sport will begin play on Monday, April 4, aside from one yet-to-be-determined season-opening game the previous night.

The Nationals, who opened this season at home, will be on the road next yet, though not for long. They’ll face the Braves in the final opener at Turner Field on April 4, then take a day off before wrapping up that series April 6. The next day, Thursday, April 7, the Nats will host the Marlins, the start of a 7-game homestand.

The annual Battle of the Beltways returns to a 4-day, home-and-home format, with Camden Yards hosting games August 22-23 before the two rivals head to Nationals Park on August 24-25.

The Nationals’ other interleague games all come against the AL Central, with the Twins (April 22-24), Tigers (May 9-11) and Indians (August 10-11) all traveling to D.C. The Nats will play at the Royals (May 2-4), White Sox (June 7-9) and Indians (July 26-27).

In between their spring training finale in Viera and Opening Day in Atlanta, the Nationals will come north for two exhibitions against the Twins (April 1-2).

Here’s the full 2016 schedule, subject to change:

NATIONALS 2016 SCHEDULE


April 1-2: Exhibitions vs. Twins at Nationals Park


April 4, 6: at Braves


April 7, 9-10: vs. Marlins


April 11-14: vs. Braves


April 15-17: at Phillies


April 18-21: at Marlins


April 22-24: vs. Twins


April 26-28: vs. Phillies


April 29-May 1: at Cardinals


May 2-4: at Royals


May 5-8: at Cubs


May 9-11: vs. Tigers


May 13-15: vs. Marlins


May 17-19: at Mets


May 20-22: at Marlins


May 23-25: vs. Mets


May 26-29: vs. Cardinals


May 30-June 1: at Phillies


June 3-5: at Reds


June 7-9: at White Sox


June 10-12: vs. Phillies


June 13-15: vs. Cubs


June 16-19: at Padres


June 20-22: at Dodgers


June 24-26: at Brewers


June 27-29: vs. Mets


June 30-July 3: vs. Reds


July 4-6: vs. Brewers


July 7-10: at Mets


July 12: All-Star Game in San Diego


July 15-17: vs. Pirates


July 19-21: vs. Dodgers


July 22-24: vs. Padres


July 26-27: at Indians


July 28-31: at Giants


Aug. 1-3: at Diamondbacks


Aug. 5-7: vs. Giants


Aug. 9-10: vs. Indians


Aug. 12-14: vs. Braves


Aug. 15-17: at Rockies


Aug. 18-21: at Braves


Aug. 22-23: at Orioles


Aug. 24-25: vs. Orioles


Aug. 26-28: vs. Rockies


Aug. 29-31: at Phillies


Sept. 2-4: at Mets


Sept. 5-7: vs. Braves


Sept. 8-11: vs. Phillies


Sept. 12-14: vs. Mets


Sept. 16-18: at Braves


Sept. 19-21: at Marlins


Sept. 23-25: at Pirates


Sept. 26-29: vs. Diamondbacks


Sept. 30-Oct. 2: vs. Marlins

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.