The Boston Red Sox have released their 2020 season schedule. Here are some key dates to look forward to and mark on your calendar.
With this season slowly slipping away, it’s never too early to look ahead at next year. The Boston Red Sox have revealed their schedule for the 2020 season and there’s plenty to look forward to.
The season kicks off early with a trip to Toronto to face the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Thursday, March 26. It’s the earliest the Red Sox have started a season since 2008 when they opened in Japan on March 25.
The Red Sox are accustomed to starting on the road – March is too cold for baseball in Boston. At least they won’t need to navigate the brutal 11-game road stretch that they opened this season with, which included a west coast trip. Boston sputtered out of the gate this season and their cruel schedule did them no favors. Next year it’s four in Toronto followed by three in Baltimore before they get to come home.
Boston will host the Chicago White Sox in their home opener on Thursday, April 2. In an odd scheduling quirk, the teams will have a rare Friday off after the home opener before completing the series over the weekend.
The Cleveland Indians come to town for a four-game series that begins Boston’s second homestand and wraps up on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 20. Expect an early start time for the annual event on Marathon Monday.
The Red Sox won’t see the New York Yankees until May 8-10 when they travel to the Bronx. The Yankees don’t visit Fenway until June 12-14. That’s not as late as it took the Yankees to come here this year but it’s still nearly halfway through the season. These AL East rivals will see each other quite a bit in the second half.
If Fenway is the American League’s most historic ballpark, Wrigley Field is the National League’s equivalent. The Red Sox make a rare appearance at Wrigley when they visit the Chicago Cubs from June 19-21. If you’re looking to travel for a Sox road game next year, this series at Wrigley is recommended.
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Other interleague destinations include Atlanta (May 12-13), Pittsburgh (July 3-5). and Cincinnati (September 15-16).
NL teams visiting Fenway next year include the Milwaukee Brewers (June 5-7), the Braves (June 16-17), the St. Louis Cardinals (June 26-28) and the Reds (Aug. 18-19).
The Red Sox will face the Baltimore Orioles in MLB’s Little League Classic on August 23 at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, PA. That seems fitting considering the O’s aren’t far from being a Little League team.
Boston wraps up the 2020 season at home with a pair of three-game series against the Blue Jays and Orioles. If the Red Sox find themselves in a tight race for a playoff spot down the stretch, at least they have a soft schedule during the final week of the season to pad their win total.
This season obviously isn’t going as planned but next year will be a new opportunity to start with a fresh slate and hopefully, a revamped pitching staff.