We're all for any evidence that baseball season is getting closer, and so we bring you this reason for optimism: The Red Sox announced the starting times for their games at Fenway Park this season.
All weeknight and Saturday night games at Fenway are scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m., while Sunday day games are slated for a 1:35 start.
With a reminder that the general sale for regular-season tickets begins Saturday at 10 a.m., here are some other highlights from the home schedule:
Renewing the rivalry: The first pitch of the new season at Fenway will be delivered at roughly 2:05 p.m. on Friday, April 8, when the Sox host Yankees right out of the gate. That will air on NESN, with the next two on national TV: A 1:10 p.m. start on Saturday, April 9 on Fox and an 8:05 p.m. contest the following night on ESPN.
Saturday in the park:The Red Sox will play six Saturday day games at Fenway. In addition to the home opener, Boston has eight weekday afternoon contests scheduled, including the traditional Patriots Day game on Monday, April 8 against the Blue Jays. First pitch is set for 11:05 a.m.
A visit from the Cubs: The Red Sox will host their (former?) kindred spirits from the National League during interleague play when the Cubs visit for a weekend series May 20-22. The Friday and Saturday games will begin at 7:10 p.m., with Saturdayís contest being televised on Fox. The series finale will be featured on ESPNís "Sunday Night Baseball" beginning at 8:05 p.m.
The Red Sox open the 2011 season on the road with a three-game set against Adrian Beltre and the Rangers beginning Friday, April 1 at 4:05 p.m. at the Ballpark in Arlington.
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To purchase tickets beginning Saturday, fans can log on to www.redsox.com or call the automated ticket line at 888-REDSOX6. Fans will be able to purchase tickets to all games at Fenway Park, with the exception of all games with the Yankees and Cubs for which a special random drawing will be held at a later date. Tickets for the Green Monster and Budweiser Right Field Deck will also be sold via the random drawing. Fans who require accessible seating can call 877-REDSOX9. Hearing impaired fans may call the Red Sox TTY line at (617) 226-6644.