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2011 MLB Schedule Released

Major League Baseball has released the schedule for the 2011 season.  Here are the highlights for our Orioles and Nationals, and MLB: (as reported by MLB.com)

Baltimore Orioles

  • Opening Day: Friday April 1 at Tampa Bay Rays
  • Home Opener: Monday April 4 vs. Detroit Tigers
  • Final Home Series: Boston Red Sox September 26-28
  • Final Series: Home vs. Boston Red Sox
  • Interleague Play: Cincinnati Reds (home June 24-26), St. Louis Cardinals (home), Pittsburgh Pirates (away June 20-22), Atlanta Braves (away July 1-3)
  • Battle of the Beltways: Home May 20-22, Away June 17-19

Washington Nationals

  • Opening Day: Thursday March 31 home vs. Atlanta Braves
  • Final Home Series: September 23-25 vs. Atlanta Braves
  • Final Series: September 26-28 at Florida Marlins
  • Interleague Play: Seattle Mariners (home), Chicago White Sox (away), LA Angels (away)
  • Battle of the Beltways: (See Orioles above)

2011 MLB Notes

  • Shortened Spring Training
  • Season opens on Thursday March 31 with 5 games (Mil Brewers @ Cin Reds, LA Angels @ KC Royals, Atl Braves @ Was Nationals, Det Tigers @ NY Yankees, SD Padres @ StL Cardinals).  This marks the first time the season will not open on a Sunday since 1998, and opens on a Thursday for the first time since 1976.
  • The Diamondbacks and Giants are trying to play a 2-game series at the end of March.  This tentative and if it goes through will be the MLB season opener.
  • Chicago Cubs will play at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918
  • The Cardinals will visit Baltimore for the first time in baseball history.  Note that the Baltimore Orioles were originally the St. Louis Browns.
  • The All-Star Game will be played on July 12 at Chase Field, in Phoenix, Az.
  • For the second straight year the Red Sox open against the Yankees (much to ESPN’s delight)
  • Interleague Play matches the NL Central vs. AL East, the NL East vs. AL Central, and NL West vs. AL Central.
  • Roy Halladay returns to Toronto July 1-3.
  • The Astros will play the Blue Jays March 20-22.  Blue Jays are the only team the Astros have yet to play.
  • The Dodgers will play host to the Cardinals on April 15, Jackie Robinson Day.


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About Patrick C. Duffy

Patrick Duffy is a Communications/Journalism student at the University of Maryland, University College. I also teach sixth grade English, high school Journalism, and Physical Education. Additionally, I’m the school’s Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach. My work is featured on the Maryland page of Bleacher Report, and has been redistributed by the University of Maryland football and baseball teams.

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