Red Sox' schedule opens on road; Braves, Cubs on interleague plate

The Boston Red Sox will open the 2020 season on the road, the team announced Monday, with a series in Toronto beginning on March 26. The team will also play in Baltimore on its opening trip before facing the Chicago White Sox in their home opener on April 2 at Fenway Park.

The Sox have a more front-loaded home schedule next season, with 49 home games before the All-Star Break, compared to 32 after the Mid-Summer Classic.

As for road trips, the Sox will have three of nine or more games throughout the season. The first, a nine game swing through New York, Atlanta and Texas, will be in May. The next is immediately following the All-Star break in July, another nine-game swing through Kansas City, Toronto and New York again. Their third big swing on the road is in late August, a journey that goes from Baltimore to Chicago and then Detroit.

The Red Sox will take two trips to the West Coast again next season, visiting Seattle and Oakland in April, and Los Angeles in June.

The team’s longest home stand of the season is in May, when they host the Rays, Astros and Royals from May 19-28, a 10-game stretch. They’re also home for nine in a row from August 10-19, hosting the Twins, Athletics and Reds. The Sox also finish the season at home with six in a row against AL East foes Toronto and Baltimore.

In all, the Sox will play 20 interleague games, including the team’s first visit to Wrigley Field in Chicago since 2012. They will also face Milwaukee, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh of the National League.

Another highlight of the team’s slate is the Sox’ participation in Major League Baseball’s Little League Classic on Sunday, Aug. 23, at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Penn. — the home of the Phillies’ Class-A Williamsport Crosscutters of the NY-Penn League. The club will play the Baltimore Orioles in the final game of a four-game series that begins at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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