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First true homestand

The Nationals are, no doubt, fired-up to be back home. But there is a bit of a bitter taste from the weekend. Win one of the last four games -- decided by a total of six runs -- and they'd be back with a winning record.

Now, it's drizzly, the town has suddenly turned into Hockeytown USA, and the Marlins -- who draw nary a fan by themselves -- are the opponent. This is the second game in Nationals Park history? Care to guess the attendance?

We know it will be at least 17,000, because their season-ticket base is somewhere in the 17-18,000 range. But will 10,000 other people purchase tickets?

Also, be aware of Wednesdays situation: For the first time, the Wizards (7 p.m.), Nationals (7:10 p.m.) and DC United (7:30 p.m.) will play at home on the same night. This will be extra riders for Metro, more cars on the streets, etc.

This will have an impact on Nationals fans who want to park at RFK Stadium and use the Nationals Express buses. According to our ace United reporter, Steve Goff, the entrance to Lot 8 at RFK will not be open off the freeway. Rather, Nationals fans will have to park in Lot 7, which is on the opposite side of RFK Stadium. That means a longer bus ride to and from Nationals Park.

Two small Nationals announcements: One on the announcement of Nationals Park tours on non-game days. The other on the launch of a Spanish language web site, losnacionales.com.

I'll put the information about both of thos after the "jump" of this post, and if you want more info just click through.

Baseball: Tough losses over the weekend. I found Paul Lo Duca's comments after yesterday's loss interesting. They're kind of tone-setting, if you ask me.

I'll get you lineups from the yard.

Stuff on Nationals Park tours:

The Washington Nationals today announced that the public and tour groups will have the opportunity to take tours of Nationals Park . The tour program will begin on Saturday, April 19. On all non-game days, the team will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the ballpark through an hour and fifteen minute tour. Led by a Nationals Park guide, tours will begin at the Center Field Gate and encompass many areas of the ballpark the public cannot usually access, including the premium club areas and suites, the Shirley Povich Media Center and the Nationals dugout, batting cages and bullpen. Four tours will be offered each day, at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20, the first time tours are available, seven tours will be offered, from 10:30am through 4:30pm. Tour guides will provide guests with ballpark facts and information on the Washington Nationals, the history of baseball in Washington and Nationals Park and lead them through interactive opportunities.

Tickets for Nationals Park Tours are available beginning Monday, April 7 at 10:00am at the Nationals Park Box Office or online via nationals.com. The cost of the tour is $15 for an adult and $12 for seniors (fifty-five and older), military (with a valid identification), and children under the age of twelve. A group rate of $12 per person is available for groups of fifteen people or more. Private tours are available for groups of twenty-five or more. The Nationals Park Main Box Office is located at the Center Field Plaza on Half and N Streets, SE, and is open from 10:00am until 5:00pm Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm on non-gamedays.

And here's the stuff on the Spanish-language site:

The Washington Nationals today announced the launch of the team's official Spanish-language website, losnacionales.com, powered by MLB.com. The site, updated daily, will feature game stories, player features, photographs and fan polls, as well as the Nationals game and promotional schedule. Fans may purchase single-game tickets and sign up to receive the official Spanish e-newsletter of the Washington Nationals. Additionally, the website will contain information about upcoming Hispanic events, the team's community outreach and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

"The Washington Nationals are excited to launch LosNacionales.com, and provide our Spanish-speaking fans with up-to-date information on the organization," said Nationals Team President Stan Kasten. "The Nationals recognize the importance of our Hispanic fans to the success of this franchise and are delighted to be bringing this service to them."

The Nationals are the fifteenth Major League Baseball team to offer a Spanish language website, joining the Angels, Astros, Braves, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, Mariners, Marlins, Mets, Padres, Rays, White Sox and Yankees. Of the Nationals 40-man roster, nine players and three coaches are of Hispanic descent from four countries, including the Dominican Republic :country-region, Mexico , Puerto Rico and Venezuela . The Nationals are led by second-year Manager Manny Acta , a native of San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic .

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 7, 2008; 12:26 PM ET
 
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