MLB Releases Full 60-Game Schedule for All 30 Teams


Major League Baseball's reigning champions could soon be taking on the Bronx Bombers on a TV near you.

MLB and its 30 clubs released their schedules for an abbreviated season on Monday night, marking the latest step as baseball aims to begin a season that was shut down by the coronavirus crisis during Spring Training in March.

Most teams will begin their seasons on July 24, a Friday, but two nationally televised feature games will take place on July 23 -- one between the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals in the nation's capital, and one renewing the historic rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at Chavez Ravine.

The Yankees-Nats game could set up a potential showdown of strikeout kings if Washington's Max Scherzer gets the nod against new Yankees ace Gerrit Cole.

The first full slate of games will also mark the regular-season debut of the Texas Rangers' new ballpark, Globe Life Field, as well as the debut of prized offseason acquisition Anthony Rendon of the Angels.

Here's a look at each team's first game:

Thursday, July 23
New York Yankees at Washington Nationals
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

Friday, July 24
Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
Detroit Tigers at Cincinnati Reds
Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies
Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians
Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
Colorado Rockies at Texas Rangers
Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres
Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros
Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics

The final day of the regular season was set for Sept. 27, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. ET to allow for potential playoff clinchers to play out simultaneously.

Elsewhere, the "Field of Dreams Game" will be held as scheduled on August 13 at the site of the iconic baseball movie in Dyersville, Iowa. However, it will be the St. Louis Cardinals, rather than the Yankees, who will play against the Chicago White Sox. The switch was made owing to travel considerations.

Jackie Robinson Day, typically held in April, will instead be observed on August 28 to mark the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Associated Press reported, and the league will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues on August 16.

The release comes about two weeks after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred imposed a 60-game schedule, following weeks of negotiations between the league and the players union that did not lead to an agreement.

To minimize travel in the shortened season, every team will play its division opponents 10 teams each, totaling 40 games, and then play the remaining 20 of its games against interleague opponents of the corresponding region. So the NL East will play the AL East, and so on.

The schedule reveal was televised on MLB Network.

Reports earlier in the day cast a shadow on the event, as several teams reported having to call off workouts and practices owing to shortages of coronavirus tests or outstanding test results. Meanwhile, some players said teams weren't taking the testing protocols seriously.

Countless players and other team personnel have tested positive for the virus in recents days and weeks upon reporting to camp for the first time after a layoff of several months.