CLEVELAND — For the past two seasons, the Indians have not faced Houston until late in the season. Next year they will see them right off the bat.
The Indians will open the 2015 season on April 6 on the road against the Astros before the April 10 home opener against Detroit.
Among other highlights of the schedule, which includes Interleague series against the NL Central:
The Tribe and Reds will play in Cleveland on a weekend for the first time since 2011 (May 22-24). They will also meet in Cincinnati on July 17-19, which is the first series after the All-Star Break.
The Indians will play at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2009 (June 15-16) and the Pirates at PNC Park (July 3-5) for the first time since 2010. As part of Interleague play, St. Louis (May 12-14), Milwaukee (Aug. 25-26) and the Cubs (June 17-18) will make visits to Progressive Field.
The longest homestand will be Sept. 10-20 against Detroit, Kansas City and the Chicago White Sox (11 games). The Tribe has two 10-game road trips — June 26-July 5 (Baltimore, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh) and Aug. 14-23 (Minnesota, Boston, New York Yankees).
PLAYOFF PAYOFF PROGRAM ANNOUNCED: The Indians also announced on Monday that by placing a deposit on a full- or half-season package for next season, fans can ensure access to postseason tickets for this year if they make it.
For more information on the Playoff Payoff and to place a deposit, visit www.Indians.com/PlayoffPayoff or call 216-420-HITS.
Current season-ticket holders have until Sept. 17 to purchase postseason tickets.