The new-look Red Sox Nation will be invading D.C. in advance of Opening Day 2012.
The Nationals announced today they will host Boston in an exhibition game April 3 at Nationals Park, two days before their season opener against the Cubs in Chicago. Gametime or ticket information hasn't been announced yet.
This will be the second time the Red Sox have come to town for a pre-Opening Day exhibition; the two teams also met in 2010.
This latest matchup will feature some added intrigue, given Boston's recent September collapse and departures of both manager Terry Francona and general manager Theo Epstein.
The Nationals also are due to face the Red Sox in interleague play, June 8-10 at Fenway Park.
Though the Nationals' spring training scheduled hasn't been released yet, the club figures to close out its Grapefruit League slate on April 2, then fly north that evening. They'll play the Red Sox in the District on April 3, then fly to Chicago in advance of their April 5 regular-season opener at Wrigley Field.
Meanwhile, it appears the Mets won't be hiring Jim Riggleman for their vacant bench coach position. Riggleman, the former Nats manager, interviewed with the Mets yesterday, but reports out of New York today say former Athletics manager Bob Geren is likely to get the job.