New York Yankees, Washington Nationals to meet in 2020 Major League Baseball opener

Yankees vs champ Nationals in DC on opening day

However, the final draft has not been approved as the league considers alternate options and potential complications amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals are slated to host the New York Yankees when baseball returns, sources confirmed to ESPN on Saturday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there hasn't been an official announcement.

If things go well, the new Major League Baseball season will contain 60 regular games for each team - 40 with divisional opponents and 20 with interleague opponents in the same geographical area. The schedule for the full season has yet to be announced. The game will take place at Nationals Park in Washington.

The last time the two met was in Game 1 of the World Series a year ago.

Cole signed a record nine-year, $324-million United States deal this winter after a 20-win season with the Houston Astros in 2019. Rendon got a $245 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

The Yankees are set to report to spring training 2.0 at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. "My mother has multiple sclerosis and is super high-risk; if I end up playing, I can pretty much throw out the idea of seeing her until weeks after the season is over", he said. The other 20 games will be interleague contests against teams from the same geographical region.

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