Rays 2011 schedule: O's for opener
The Rays have released their 2011 schedule, which has them opening at home April 1 against the Orioles and finishing ay home against the Yankees. The Rays will make interleague trips to Houston, Milwaukee and Florida, and host Cincinnati, St. Louis and Florida.
They have two weekend home series with the Red Sox (July 15-17 and Sept. 9-11), but all three home series with the Yankees are during the week.
From a travel standpoint, they have four three-city trips, including a taxing 10-game, 11-day journey from home to Seattle then to Anaheim and then Baltimore, June 2-12. The other long journey is a 10-game trip from home to Kansas City to Oakland to Seattle and then home July 22-31.
Here is the release from the team, and a link to the schedule:
ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Tampa Bay Rays will open the 2011 regular season on Friday, April 1 at Tropicana Field vs. the Baltimore Orioles, according to the Major League Baseball schedule released today. The schedule is subject to change.
Major League Baseball adopted the recommendation of The Commissioner’s Special Committee for On-Field Matters to begin the regular season earlier and mid-week to avoid playing World Series games in November.
While this will be the first time in club history the Rays have opened the season on a day other than a Monday or Tuesday, it will be the fourth time in the last six years and the fifth time overall that they will open against the Orioles making them the Rays most popular opening day opponent.
The season-opening five-game homestand also includes Saturday and Sunday games vs. the Orioles (April 2-3) and a two-game series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (April 5-6).
The 2011 season concludes when the Rays host the New York Yankees in a three-game weekend series, September 26-28. The Boston Red Sox will play a pair of weekend series at Tropicana Field (July 15-17 and September 9-11).
The St. Louis Cardinals, who trained in St. Petersburg for 57 years (1938-42 and 1946-97), will make their second interleague appearance at Tropicana Field celebrating the holiday weekend, July 1-3. They last visited in 2005. The remaining interleague home schedule features a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, June 26-28 and the annual visit by the Florida Marlins, June 17-19. The Rays will make their first trip to Milwaukee’s Miller Park, June 20-23 leaving Dodger Stadium and Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. the only current ballparks in which they will not have played a game.
The Rays will also visit the Houston Astros for the second straight season, June 24-26 and face the Marlins in their final games at Sun Life Stadium, May 20-22.
As it was in each of the last 10 seasons, the 2011 major league schedule follows an unbalanced format, meaning each team will play more games against teams in their own division. The Rays will play 72 games against the four American League East opponents: 18 each against the Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays.
While each AL East team will make three visits to Tropicana Field, all other AL teams will make one trip to Tampa Bay except for the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim who each come in for two series. The Rays will visit each AL East team three times and all other AL teams once except the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners who will host the Rays in two series.