NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will open the 2021 season on April 1 and hopes to have every team play its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968.
The league released the full schedule Thursday, two weeks before it plans to begin a 2020 season that’s been delayed and shortened by the coronavirus pandemic. MLB intended to start this season on March 26, its earliest opening date ever except for international games.
The league also hoped to have all 30 clubs play on the same opening day this season, but that was spoiled when Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended spring training in March.
Instead, a 60-game regular season schedule is scheduled to begin July 23, with clubs set to play only division foes and regional interleague opponents — AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central, AL West vs. NL West — to limit travel.
Clubs will resume full intraleague schedules in 2021, and interleague play will again align regionally.
The Red Sox will open the season at home on April 1 against the Baltimore Orioles. The Patriots Day game will be April 19 against the White Sox.
As is the case this season, interleague foes will come from the National League East. The Sox will host the Braves (May 25-26), Marlins (May 28-30), Phillies (July 9-11), and Mets (Sept. 21-22). The Sox will play at the Mets (April 27-28), Phillies (May 21-23), Braves (June 15-16), and end the season in Washington against the Nationals (Oct. 1-3).
The Yankees will come to Fenway Park for three-game series June 25-27 and Sept. 24-26, as well as a four-game set July 22-25.
The Yankees will host the Sox June 4-6, July 15-18, and Aug. 17-18.
The season ends with a six-game trip to Baltimore and Washington.
Atlanta will host the 91st All-Star Game on July 13 at Truist Park. It’s Atlanta’s first All-Star Game since hosting in 2000 at Turner Field.
MLB also tried to have every team play its first game on the same day in 2018, but two games were postponed due to poor weather.
The last day of the season will be Oct. 3.