Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Like EA Sports releasing the latest installment of it NHL franchise today, Major League Baseball officially released the 2014 schedules of all 30 of it teams. As you may have noticed, this is a Yankees blog, so that means I'm going to break down some key dates on the Bombers' schedule.

Opening week: The Yankees will begin the 2014 season the expect same way they're ending this season, with a trip down to Houston to take on the Houston Astros on Opening Day, Tuesday, April 1st. After three-games in Toronto, the Yankees head home to the Bronx for their home-opener on April 7th against the Baltimore Orioles -- the same team the Yankees are taking on tonight.

Interleague matchups: MLB decided to place the Chicago Cubs on the Yankees' schedule next season, with the two clubs playing a two-game series in New York on April 15th-16th. The Yanks and Cubs will meet one more time with another two-game series in May on the 20th and 21st, this time at Wrigley Field.

The Yankees will see a lot of the NL Central in the month of May, starting with three-game weekend series in Milwaukee against the Brewers on the May 9th-11th. The following weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates and former Yankees AJ Burnett and Russell Martin come to Yankee Stadium for three-games, then the Yanks head back out on the road for the two Wrigley games, and three games in St. Louis to face the Cardinals the following week.

In between the Pirates and Brewers series', the Yankees play a two-and-two series against the New York Mets, playing the first two games in the Bronx, and the second two in Queens at Citi Field. One more interesting interleague matchup to mark down, the Cincinnati Reds come to town on July 18th for s three-game series.

Closing dates: As it usually is in September, the Yankees will play almost all of their final games against AL East opponents. They start the month with three-games in the Bronx against the Boston Red Sox, and finish up their 2014 season in Boston for a three-game set at Fenway. The Yankees final home-game of the season will be September 25th against the Orioles.

A-Rod return? Assuming the Yankees don;t make the playoff this season, MLB will begin the hearing for Alex Rodriguez in case case against MLB surrounding his 211-game suspension. If an arbitrator were to reduce the suspension to 50-games, A-Rod would be eligible to return to the Yankees' lineup on June 26th in Chicago when the Yanks are facing the White Sox -- I know, how ironic is it that he returned to the Yankees this season at US Cellular Field, and could possibly do the same next season.

For the full 2014 schedule, click here.

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