Although the final couple weeks of the 2016 regular season and the upcoming postseason remain the focus, Major League Baseball released details of the 2017 schedule on Wednesday.
Whether you’re a fan of a team that already is looking ahead to next season or you’re ready to make travel plans for next spring/summer, here are the highlights:
* The regular season will begin on Sunday, April 2 when the Diamondbacks host the Giants and the Rays host the Yankees. A third game will be added on that date also. There will 13 games on Monday, April 3 – the true “opening day.” The first day with a full schedule of 15 games will be Wednesday, April 5.
* The interleague matchups pair the AL East vs. the NL Central, the AL Central vs. the NL West, and the AL West vs. the NL East. That means Cubs-Red Sox, Cardinals-Yankees, Giants-Royals and Nationals-Angels (Bryce Harper-Mike Trout), among other notable matchups.
* The MLB All-Star Game will be played on July 11 at Marlins Park.