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[Report] Washington Nationals To Open 2020 Season Against New York Yankees


The Washington Nationals are set to kick off their World Series defense against an American League powerhouse in interleague play.

According to a report from Andrew Marchand and Joel Sherman of the New York Post,the plan is for the Nationals to host the Aaron Judge-led New York Yankees on opening day of the 2020 season. The defending champions will host the Yankees (with no fans in attendance) at Nationals Park.

The report added that the game would take place in prime time on July 23. The league has yet to finalize the 2020 schedule.

Major League Baseball will operate with a 60-game regular season schedule. Each club will play 40 divisional games (10 against each opponent). There will also be 20 interleague games based on the corresponding geographical division; the NL West vs. the AL West, the NL East vs. the AL East and the NL Central vs. the AL Central.

Washington and New York, two of the biggest markets, should fetch strong ratings for Major League Baseball. The Yankees, by far the most popular team in baseball, added more star power this offseason by landing superstar pitcher Gerrit Cole on a nine-year deal worth $324 million in free agency.

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Earlier this week, the league and the players' union reached an agreement on a 60-game season following frustrating back and forth negotiations. 114, 89 and 76-game schedules were all proposed, but the two sides finally found middle ground at 60.

The regular season is slated to conclude on Sept. 27, with the postseason beginning two days later. Game 7 of the 2020 World Series, if necessary, would fall on Oct. 28. The 162-game season was slated to begin on March 26.

Meanwhile, the NBA is slated to resume regular season play on July 30 in Orlando, with 22 teams returning to action. The NFL is currently on track to play out the 2020 season as scheduled, while the NHL is still hoping to resume play this summer, although the clock is ticking on a final decision.

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