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Once darlings of the baseball world, the Nationals may have fallen out of favor with the national media.
ESPN released their 2014 schedule of Sunday Night Baseball matchups through the season's first half and not one will feature the Nationals. Despite expectations to contend for a division title and bright young stars like Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, no Sunday night games.
Here is the full list:
3/30 - Dodgers at Padres
4/6 - Giants at Dodgers
4/13 - Red Sox at Yankees
4/20 - Orioles at Red Sox
4/27 - Angels at Yankees
5/4 - TBD
5/11 - Cardinals at Pirates
5/18 - Tigers at Red Sox
5/25 - Cardinals at Reds
7/13 - Yankees at Orioles
7/20 - Dodgers at Cardinals
The month of June missing as you see, likely because ESPN has the French Open and the World Cup on air during those weeks. There is also a 'TBD' on May 4 when the Nationals play at the Phillies. Depending on how those teams are playing at the time, the game could be optioned for Sunday night.
Also playing that day, however, are the Cardinals and Cubs, the Rays and Yankees, the Athletics and the Red Sox, and the Giants and Braves. All four games could also be considered marquee matchups depending on how those teams begin the season.
The Nationals could play their way into the May 4 game or some Sunday night matchups later in the season, but for now none are set. It may be unfortunate for fans of the team who live outside the region, but for those here the news may be embraced. Sunday night games tend to last longer and end very late at night. Hey, at least we'll get to sleep at a reasonable hour.