2012 schedule: Braves, Mets and a Sunday off-day due to Republican convention
The Rays 2012 schedule includes a season-opening series at home with the Yankees, interleague visits by the Braves, Marlins and Mets and five extended three-city road trips.
But what's most interesting is what it does not have: A game on Sunday, Aug. 26.
To accomodate an Republican National Convention event at Tropicana Field, the Rays will make the unusual move of having a Sunday off. They will play a series with Oakland on Thursday-Saturday, then head out of town for a seven-game trip to Texas and Toronto.
"Venues throughout Tampa Bay have made themselves available to the Tampa Bay Host Committee in connection with potential events for the 2012 Republican National Convention,” said Rays President Matt Silverman. “We worked with Major League Baseball and the Tampa Bay Host Committee to ensure that Tropicana Field would be available for use on that Sunday and the following week.”
The Rays will open the 2012 season at home vs. the Yankees on Friday April 6 with a 3:10 p.m. game. To see the full schedule, click here.
They will make interleague trips to the Marlins (June 8-10), Nationals (June 19-21) and Phillies (June 22024) and host the Braves (May 18-20), Mets (June 12-14) and Marlins (June 15-17).
They have five three-city road trips, including their first one, a cold-weather tour of Detroit, Boston and Toronto April 10-19. They have later taxing trips to Baltimore-Los Angeles-Oakland, Minnesota-Seattle-Los Angeles and Washington-Philadelphia-Kansas City.
They end the season at home vs. Baltimore Oct. 3.
Single-game tickets typically don't go on sale until February.