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Tampa Bay Rays release 2019 schedule

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Including a home opener against the Astros, and a tour against the NL West. Get ready to fly.

Adapted from the team press release:

The Tampa Bay Rays have released their 2019 regular-season schedule, and for the 10th consecutive season will play at home on Opening Day as the Houston Astros visit for a four-game series beginning on Thursday, March 28.

This will be the first time the Rays have faced an AL West opponent on Opening Day, and only the fourth time they have faced a club outside of the AL East, following March 31, 1998 vs. DET (a 11-6 loss), April 3, 2000 at MIN (a 7-0 win) and April 2, 2002 vs. DET (a 9-5 win). March 28 will mark the earliest Opening Day in Rays history, topping March 29, 2018 when they hosted the Boston Red Sox (a 6-4 win). They will open the season on a Thursday for a second consecutive year, after never having done so prior to 2017.

For the seventh straight season, Tampa Bay will play 20 interleague games, and they will oppose all five teams from the NL West and continue their annual home-and-home series with the Miami Marlins.

The Rays play in the San Francisco Giants home opener on Friday, April 5, only the club’s second trip to San Francisco, following June 18-20, 2002.

Interleague Details

The Rays are scheduled to host the Colorado Rockies (April 1-3), Arizona Diamondbacks (May 6-8), Los Angeles Dodgers (May 21-22) and Marlins (August 3-4). The Rockies will be making only their second appearance at Tropicana Field, first since the Rays swept them in a three-game series from June 11-13, 2004.

The Rays will play interleague road series at San Francisco (April 5-7), Miami (May 14-15), San Diego (August 12-14) and Los Angeles (September 17-18).

AL East Details

The Rays will continue to play 19 games against each of their AL East rivals: the Baltimore Orioles (9 home, 10 away), Red Sox (10 home, 9 away), New York Yankees (9 home, 10 away) and Toronto Blue Jays (10 home, 9 away).

The schedule features two weekend series against both the Red Sox (April 19-21, September 20-23) and Yankees (May 10-12, July 4-7) at Tropicana Field.

The Rest of the Schedule

In addition to the scheduled tours against the AL East and NL West, the Rays will play seven games against the Cleveland Indians, Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics, and will have six games apiece vs. the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.

All 30 major league clubs released their 2019 schedules today.

Notes from the 2019 release:

  • Despite the Rays visit to Evan Longoria’s Giants, there will not be a reciprocal return to Tropicana Field. The only interleague home-and-home series will be with the Marlins and Dodgers
  • Good news: April is not an AL East deathtrap of cold weather games next year
  • Bad news: The Rays will fly Tampa to San Francisco to Chicago to Toronto to Tampa in less than three weeks to begin the season
  • The Rays will also fly Tampa to New York to Oakland before one off day, then to Minnesota and back to Tampa in June. Then they’ll stay home until the All-Star Break.
  • The 2019 season concludes with flights from Tampa to Texas to Anaheim, then from LA to Tampa, then conclude in Toronto.
  • Time off will be more spread out: The only month with less than three off-days is June (two), when the Rays are scheduled to play 20 consecutive games (@DET, @BOS, vOAK, vLAA, @NYY, @OAK).