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Nationals Open Postseason Sunday Afternoon, Opponent Still TBD

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Nats Open Playoffs Sunday Afternoon

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The Braves could be the Nationals' opponent if they defeat the Cardinals Friday.

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Major League Baseball announced starting times for the first few games of the 2012 Division Series Friday, and the Washington Nationals will open their first trip to the postseason Sunday afternoon against either the Atlanta Braves or St. Louis Cardinals at 3:07 p.m. ET.

Their opponent will be determined by the outcome of today's Braves-Cardinals match-up, a one-game Wild Card playoff Friday at 5:07 p.m. ET.

The winner will host the Nats Sunday and Monday. The series then will shift to Nationals Park Wednesday for Game 3.

The Nats took four of seven against the Cardinals this season, and 10 of 18 against the Braves. 

Sunday's start time provides an interesting predicament for Washington sports fans. The Redskins play at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, meaning that the fourth quarter will likely coincide with the start of the baseball game. That problem will be felt in two cities Sunday if the Braves win; the Redskins happen to be playing the Falcons Sunday. 

Below is the schedule for the Nationals' first playoff series as we know it right now. All games will be broadcast on TBS.

Game 1: Sunday, Oct. 7 - 3:07 p.m. ET

Game 2: Monday, Oct. 8 - 4:37 p.m. ET

Game 3: Wednesday, Oct. 10 - TBA

Game 4 (if necessary): Thursday, Oct. 11 - TBA

Game 5 (if necessary): Friday, Oct. 12 - TBA


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