Rays open 2016 season vs. Blue Jays, face NL West in interleague play

BY foxsports • September 8, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays will open the 2016 season on Monday, April 4 at 3:10 p.m. versus the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. All 30 major league teams released their 2016 schedules Tuesday. The schedule is subject to change.

Highlighting the schedule are home weekend series with the New York Yankees (May 27-29 and July 29-31), Boston Red Sox (September 23-25) and San Francisco Giants (June 17-19).

For the fourth consecutive season, Tampa Bay will play 20 interleague games. The Rays will face all five teams from National League West Division including a home-and-home series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rays will also continue their annual home-and-home series with the Miami Marlins. The Dodgers will make their first visit to Tropicana Field since 2007, May 3-4, and on July 26-27, the Rays will make only their second ever trip to Dodger Stadium. The Rays will host the Giants for the only the second time in the last 12 years. The interleague schedule also includes a home series with the San Diego Padres and road sets with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

The schedule includes 76 games versus the American League East Division, 34 against the AL Central and 32 versus the AL West. The breakdown includes 19 games each against the Yankees (9 home, 10 away), Orioles (9 home, 10 away), Red Sox (10 home, 9 away) and Toronto Blue Jays (10 home, 9 away).

The Rays will also play seven games against the Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Oakland Athletics. The Rays will have six games apiece against the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.

The Rays close out the 2016 home schedule with a six-game homestand against the Yankees and Red Sox, September 20-25.

This will be the seventh consecutive season the Rays will open the season at home. The Rays have sold out their last 10 home openers.

Season tickets for 2016 may be reserved by calling 888-FAN-RAYS or online at raysbaseball.com.