MLB 2022 master schedule Part I



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MLB is planning a full and normal schedule for 2022 season Image: MLB

The Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the master schedule for the 2022 regular season, which will open on March 31st, with all 30 teams in action.

This is the first part of the MLB master schedule with the concluding part to follow.

The ‘Major League Baseball’ stated that the Opening Day is jam-packed with intrigue, as the schedule features 11 divisional matchups in addition to one Interleague showdown between the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros at the latter’s residence – the 41,168-capacity Minute Maid Park in Houston (US). Jackie Robinson Day on April 15th also has a full slate of 15 games, including a matchup between the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers at the latter’s digs – the 56,000-capacity Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (US), the site of the 92nd All-Star Game on July 19th.

The Major League Baseball (MLB) is an American professional baseball organization and the oldest of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play in Major League Baseball: 15 teams in the National League and 15 in the American League.

Interleague Play throughout the season will feature the AL East vs. the NL Central, the AL Central vs. the NL West and the AL West vs. the NL East.
 

2022 schedule highlights

 

American League East

  • Blue Jays: The Toronto Blue Jays open 2022 on the road against the Baltimore Orioles on March 31st, but they’ll return to Toronto (Canada) for their home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 4th. Their first tastes of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will both come on the road, first with a trip to New York from April 11th-14th, then in Boston from April 19th-21st. Canadian baseball fans will circle May 20th-22nd on their calendars, when Joey Votto and his Cincinnati Reds make the trip North for a series, and the Blue Jays will make their annual trip to Seattle from July 7th-10th, which always brings down waves of Canadian fans from the Western provinces. The last week of the season is already teed up to be key, with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox each coming to town for a three-game series to close out the season.
  • Orioles: The Baltimore Orioles open their 2022 season at home against the Toronto Blue Jays. It’ll be a challenging opening month, with 18 games against AL East opponents and a 10-game road trip through Oakland, Los Angeles and New York. For the Interleague schedule, they host the Milwaukee Brewers on April 11th-13th for the first time since 2003, and they’ll also play a pair of two-game series against the Chicago Cubs in Baltimore from June 7th-8th and in Chicago from July 12th-13th. The Orioles’ home schedule concludes with a four-game series against the Houston Astros from September 22nd-25th. They finish the season on a six-game road trip through Boston and New York.
  • Rays: The Tampa Bay Rays will begin the 2022 season on the road against two AL East opponents. The Rays will play the Boston Red Sox on March 31st, their first Opening Day game in Boston since 2009, then play two more games at the Boston Red Sox’s home – the 37,731-capacity Fenway Park in Boston – before heading to Toronto for a three-game set. Their first home stand of the season will feature two series against the Baltimore Orioles, with the home opener set for April 8th, and against the Oakland Athletics. The Tampa Bay Rays will visit the Chicago Cubs’ home venue – the 41,649-capacity Wrigley Field in Chicago (April 18th-20th) and the Cincinnati Reds home – the 42,319-capacity Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati (July 8th-10th), host the St. Louis Cardinals (June 7th-9th) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (June 24th-26th) and play a pair of series against the Milwaukee Brewers (June 28th-29th at their home venue – the 42,735-capacity Tropicana Field, August 9th-10th in Milwaukee) in Interleague Play. The Rays will end the season on the road with a trip to Cleveland (September 27th-29th) and Houston (September 30th-October 2nd).
  • Red Sox: The Boston Red Sox will open its 2022 season at home (Fenway Park) on March 31st, when the Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays for three games in four days. It begins a stretch of 11 days during which they’ll meet AL East foes for nine consecutive games, as they host the Baltimore Orioles for three before heading to the Bronx on April 7th to kick off the 2022 edition of the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees rivalry. Interleague Play begins early this season, with the Boston Red Sox heading to Atlanta (May 10th-11th and also August 9th-10th). The Red Sox will also host the Cincinnati Reds (May 31st-June 1st), the St. Louis Cardinals (June 17th-19th) and the Milwaukee Brewers (July 29th-31st), and then travel to Chicago (July 1st-3rd), Pittsburgh (August 16th-18th) and Cincinnati (September 20th-21st). The last 2022 regular-season home stand at Fenway Park is against the Baltimore Orioles from September 27th-29th, the Boston Red Sox will travel to face the Toronto Blue Jays from September 30th-October 2nd to close out the regular-season slate.
  • Yankees: The New York Yankees will open the 2022 season on the road and play against the two AL West clubs from Texas. The New York Yankees start with a four-game series against the Texas Rangers (March 31st-April 3rd) and then remain in the Lone Star State for a three-game series against the Houston Astros (April 4th-6th). The New York Yankees then have their home opener against their biggest rival, the Boston Red Sox (April 7th-10th). After that, they play a tough four-game series (April 11th-14th) against the Toronto Blue Jays. The New York Yankees host the Los Angeles Angels for a three-game series from May 31st-June 2nd. Don’t forget the New York Yankees play NL clubs, starting with the Cincinnati Reds (July 12th-14th). Yes, the New York Mets are part of the schedule. The two New York clubs play each other in a two-game series at the stadium starting August 22nd. During the final month of the season, the New York Yankees will play mostly AL East clubs, but they will also see action against the Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

American League Central

  • Indians: Cleveland Indians will boast ‘Guardians’ across its chest for the first time on March 31st when the club will open the 2022 season at their home ground – the 35,041-capacity Progressive Field in Cleveland – against the Kansas City Royals. The first Ohio Cup matchup will take place in Cincinnati on April 12th-13th before wrapping up in Cleveland on May 17th-18th. In Interleague Play, the San Francisco Giants (April 15th-17th), the San Diego Padres (May 3rd-4th) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (August 1st-3rd) are slated to travel to Northeast Ohio, while Cleveland Indians will play the Colorado Rockies (June 14th-16th), Los Angeles Dodgers (June 17th-19th) and San Diego Padres (August 23rd-24th) on the road. The club will wrap up its regular-season schedule with a six-game homestand from September 27th-October 2nd, with three games vs. Tampa Bay Rays before closing out the year against the Kansas City Royals.
  • Royals: The Kansas City Royals open the 2022 season in Cleveland, facing the ‘Guardians’ for the first time. It’ll be heavy on the division matchups to start the year. The Royals face AL Central teams in five of the first six series, with the first two games of the I-70 Series against the St. Louis Cardinals – April 12th-13th at the latter’s home – the 45,538-capacity Busch Stadium – coming in between. Kansas City’s home opener will be the second series of the year, April 4th-7th, against the Chicago White Sox. The Kansas City Royals could have a particularly tough stretch after the All-Star break, when they visit the New York Yankees for four games to finish up July, and then play the Chicago White Sox in Chicago before hosting the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers at their residence – the 37,903-capacity Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. And the 2022 regular season will finish where it started – in Cleveland for a three-game set from September 30th-October 2nd.
  • Tigers: The Detroit Tigers begin their 2022 season with a weeklong West Coast trip, starting with Opening Day in Seattle. The home opener, otherwise known as Detroit’s unofficial holiday, is April 8th against the Chicago White Sox. The Boston Red Sox (April 11th-13th) and the New York Yankees (April 19th-21st) both visit the Detroit Tigers home ground – the 41,083-capacity Comerica Park in the opening month, part of a challenging early schedule. The Detroit Tigers travel to Dodger Stadium from April 29th-May 1st and San Francisco on June 28th-29th, plus they have visits to Detroit by the San Diego Padres (July 25th-27th) and the San Francisco Giants (August 23rd-24th). If the Detroit Tigers plan to challenge the Chicago White Sox for division supremacy, six matchups over the final two-and-a-half weeks could give them an opportunity.
  • Twins: The Minnesota Twins will come out of the gate with six road games against a pair of AL Central rivals in the Chicago White Sox (March 31st-April 3rd) and the newly named Cleveland Guardians (April 4th-6th ) before hosting the Seattle Mariners for their home opener on April 7th. The Minnesota Twins will also take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at home in two Interleague games on April 12th-13th before heading to Boston for four games at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox (April 15th-18th). The Minnesota Twins have another tough stretch in the first half of May, with matchups against the Oakland Athletics (May 5th-8th, May 15th-18th), the Houston Astros (May 10th-12th) and the Guardians (May 13th-15th) on tap. Seven of its nine series in September are against divisional opponents, including three at home vs. the Chicago White Sox from September 27th-29th.
  • White Sox: The Chicago White Sox open their 2022 season at home against the Minnesota Twins. That three-game set is followed by three in Kansas City and three in Detroit, meaning the Chicago White Sox begin with nine straight division games. A crosstown matchup against the Chicago Cubs will arrive early in 2022, with the first two games at Wrigley Field (May 3rd-4th) and the two games to be played at the Chicago White Sox’s digs – the 40,615-capacity Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on May 28th-29th. The Chicago White Sox have a seven-game West Coast trip in September to Seattle (September 5th-7th) and Oakland (September 8th-11th) and finish the season against the San Diego Padres in San Diego from September 30th to October 2nd.

 
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