For openers in Baltimore; Cubs in mid-June
The Rays released their 2008 schedule Wednesday highlighted by the first-ever visit by the Chicago Cubs, as well as the return of former manager Lou Piniella, on June 17-19.
The Rays will again open the season on the road, playing three games at Baltimore starting March 31 and four at New York, before returning to Tropicana Field for the April 8 home opener against Seattle.
The Rays will also host the Astros (June 20-22) and Marlins (June 13-15) in interleague play. They will make their first trip to St. Louis (May 16-18) and also visit Pittsburgh (June 27-29) and South Florida (June 24-26).
As standard under the unbalanced schedule format, the Rays will play 18 games against each of their AL East opponents (the Blue Jays, Orioles, Red Sox and Yankees). Of the other AL teams, the Angels and White Sox make two visits each, the other teams one each.
The Red Sox are scheduled to visit April 25-27, June 30-July 2 and Sept. 15-17; the Yankees are coming in April 14-15, May 12-15 and Sept. 2-4.
The Rays are accepting reservations for a season-ticket priority list; individual tickets usually are not available until the spring. See the full schedule.