Yanks get six vs. Braves, DC trip in 2012

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Major League Baseball has unveiled the preliminary schedule for the 2012 season, and the Yanks’ highlights include six games against the Braves, a trip to the new ballpark down in Washington, DC and a pair of Subway Series weekends in June. They open the season on the road in Tampa Bay, close at home against Boston and play the Red Sox 12 times after the All Star Break. Luckily, September 2012 will not feature any West Coast road trips.

The schedule, which you can download here as a PDF, contains few surprises. After a March Opening Day and a rainy April this year which saw the Yanks play a disproportionate number of home games, the season starts on April 6 with the Yanks in Tampa Bay for three straight games. April 6, by the way, is also the night of the first Passover seder. The Bombers then journey to Baltimore before returning home to open the season against the Angels on Friday, April 13, and they play just 11 home games in April. Other series include a four-game set against the Twins, three each in Boston and Texas and a homestand with the Tigers and Orioles.

The highlights of May’s slate include a home series against the Reds to open Interleague Play (May 18-20) and a four-game set in Kansas City (May 3-6). For those who can spare some time away, take a trip to KC for some excellent beer, barbecue and baseball. The four-day jaunt to KC comes amidst various homestands. The Orioles open May at Yankee Stadium before the Bombers head to Kansas City, and Tampa Bay and Seattle pay a visit from May 8-13. Road series include a pair in Baltimore and Toronto and a road trip to Oakland, Anaheim and Detroit (May 25-June 3).

June is again dominated by Interleague Play. After another visit from the Rays — the Yanks play 12 against Tampa Bay before the All Star Break — the Mets hop over the Triborough Bridge for a three-game set (June 8-10). The Yanks then play three in Atlanta (June 11-13) and three in Washington (June 15-17) before the Braves come back to New York on June 18 for three more games. Other than for the Subway Series, I’ve never seen the Yanks play an NL opponent in two series like this. The Washington series is a prime roadtrip opportunity for New York fans. After a set in Citi Field (June 22-24), the Yanks host the Indians and White Sox to close out the month.

In July, the Yanks get some time off. Every team will enjoy a four-day All Star Break this year as Kansas City takes centerstage for the Mid-Summer Classic. Before the break (July 9-12), the Yanks will travel to Tampa Bay and Boston. Afterthe break, they host the Angels and Blue Jays before decamping for Oakland and Seattle (June 19-25. The month ends with a home series against the Red Sox and a trip into town by the Orioles.

In August, the Yanks play 15 games — up from just nine this year — as the Mariners start the month in town (Aug 3-5) before the Yanks head to Detroit (August 6-9) and Toronto (August 10-12). That too is a prime series for road trippers. The drive from Detroit to Toronto is a very manageable one. Playoff contenders Texas and Boston visit New York starting on August 13, and the Yanks hit up the Windy City on August 20 and Cleveland on August 24. Toronto and Batimore close out August in the Bronx.

The stretch drive features some manageable travel for the Yanks. From September 3-13, the Yanks play three in Tampa Bay, four in Baltimore and three in Boston. It’s a prime block of days for another Yankee Stadium concert. On September 14, Tampa Bay drops in for three, followed by visits from the Blue Jays and A’s. A mid-week road trip to Minnesota begins on September 24, and the Yanks spend the final weekend of he regular series in Toronto for four games. The ultimate end to the 2012 campaign, though, is a three-game set against the Red Sox in Yankee Stadium from October 1-3.

By and large, the schedule is far more balanced than last year. From August 1 through the end of the season, the Yanks play 29 home games and 30 road games. They don’t spend too much time during the cold and rainy spring in the Bronx and have no zany road trips too late in the season. Now who wants to meet up in Washington in June?

After the jump, an embedded version of the PDF file. You can download it right here.

2012 NYY Preliminary Schedule

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  • DERP

    Interesting the Yankees only get 15 interleague games this year.

    • Pat D

      No, there will still be 18.

  • CountryClub

    On paper it looks like a solid schedule. Only 2 west coast trips and they end the yr at home.

    Mid June has the makings of a nice road trip. Go see them play in ATl on the 13th. Travel to DC on the 14th (off day) and see them play Nats in DC on the 15th.

  • ADam

    Yea!!!!!… Looking forward to going to all 3 games at Nats Park!!!!

    • rbizzler

      Mmm, Ben’s Chili Bowl.

  • Adam

    I went to my first game in D.C. this spring and it’s a great park. Very excited to see that the Yanks will make it in town next year.

  • David

    Looks like we will have 2 concerts again in 2012. See the stretch in June.

  • takecare

    If the astros are moved to al will this change?

    • Pat D

      I don’t think that will happen for next year at this point. I don’t think they’d do an entire schedule if they anticipated such a change.

  • http://www.twitter.com/bmitchelf Spiderpig

    DERP – See the three-game Reds series in May.

    • DERP

      Thank you. I totally missed that.

  • http://twitter.com/tjamato T.J.

    Definitely going to DC to seem them play the Nationals.

    Hopefully it’ll be a Strasburg/CC match-up.

    • emcohen

      Already debating whether to buy tickets to 1 game or all 3. Last time the Yankees were down here, I went to two games.

      I remember the last one. Chien-Ming Wang gave up a game-winning HR in the bottom of the ninth. I couldn’t believe it!

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        I was at the Wang walk-off game back in 2006. I believe that was a Ryan Zimmerman home run.

        • Alex Murphy

          Remember that one too… 1-0 loss.

          • rbizzler

            I was there as well. There were a lot of jackasses in the bleachers of old RFK where I was sitting.

            • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

              I almost got into a fight with a non-Yankee fan there. The girl I was dating at the time had to step in and stop it. There were a lot of people who came to those games just to root against the Yanks even if they weren’t actually fans of the Nationals.

              • rbizzler

                Yeah, I saw a lot of ‘Jeter Swallows’ shirts during that series. Not exactly the classiest of wardrobe choices. I was sitting in front of an older guy and his son (RS fans, of course) and we talked about the SABR movement for most of the game. Being that I was riding solo at that particular game, I hit the Metro pretty quick after the walkoff.

                Not surprised that people were hostile towards you though.

  • Nigel Incubator-Jones

    Highlight for SF Bay Area Yankee fans – 6 in Oakland. Only had 3 this year.

    • Pat D

      Actually 7.

      • Nigel Incubator-Jones

        This makes me 14% happier, thanks!


    Find out when CM Wang is pitching for the Nats and Im there…..

  • EricVA

    Wow…lots of RAB Yankee fans in the DC area. We should all get together for a playoff game at a bar somewhere.

  • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com mattdamonwayans

    I might be in Oakland for the series in June. Just might try to get tickets to all three games…

    • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com mattdamonwayans

      Oh, didn’t see that there was a series in May as well.

  • Carmine T

    Is the one of the Atlanta series a misprint. Why no Florida? Marlins playing in their new stadium. Seems like the Yankees to play in the new stadium would be obvious.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      The Yanks play two exhibition games on April 1 and 2 at the new ballpark in Miami.

  • mike

    again another wasted series with the Sox to close out the season….when will MLB ever learn???

    The other 15 games post the highest ratings during the regular season, yet they will try to create some end-of-the-season drama where none usually exists due to the Wild Card.


  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I’d really love to go to Opening Day at the Stadium. Hopefully that will be ring day as well.

  • Alex Murphy

    In 1997 the Yankees played 2 interleague series’ against each of the NL East teams. One set early in the year, one set towards the end. I specifically remember Pedro Martinez shutting out the Yankees in one of his last starts as an Expo.

  • Monteroisdinero

    I am planning on all 3 DC games. Last time they were here Alex was in a horrific slump at the plate with a severe case of RISPitis.

    He was also having throwing accuracy problems and Bowa was hitting him tons of grounders etc.

    ARod seems to always have drama or injuries.

    • gc


      • Monteroisdinero

        Stop what?

    • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

      The series where he was:

      1 for 5
      2 for 5 1HR 2rbi
      2 for 2 with 2 walks

      For a total of 5/12 with 3 rbis, an obp of .500? That slump?

  • purely curious

    Can I ask why it is relevant to mention the coincidence of Passover Seder and a baseball game? Thanks

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Relevant to me. I and many other Yankee fans won’t be able to watch Opening Day if it’s a night game.

    • Monteroisdinero

      You are entitled to 3 more questions.

    • Elan

      Relevant for me as well, so thanks for asking.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Maybe that away series in Atlanta is a mistake? We just played in Atlanta in ’09 and why would we play two series against the Braves and two against the Mets? Makes no sense.

    And WHYYYYYYY a four-day All-Star Break? Torture. Not to mention a waste of an off day.

    • aRX

      They’ll probably be using that Thursday to make up one of the Twins/Tigers games that gets rained out, since, once again, 2 AL Central teams make their only trip to NY in April :/

      Overall, nice schedule. Two series against the Braves seems pointless, but they’ll probably be very good games, so no complaints. We get the yearly death march to LA out of the way early. And, no west coast trips after late July! It’s also nice to see more balanced home/road splits; it always seemed to me like they would overload us on June/July home games, then ship us out for most of September, but next year seems pretty even.

  • Steve Sax

    Ben – many thanks for this post. RAB should plan some get-togethers before the games in either DC, Atlanta or even during the Detroit/Toronto series.

    I travel a lot for work and will plan my client trips next year around these series to see the Yanks on the road. I would love to share a few brews with some fellow Yankee fans before or after any of those games.

  • wolf larson

    Could it be that we play Atlanta unprecedented six times because whiney Red Sox management complained that they had to play Phils six while we get downtroddent Mets? Selig will do anything to please his pal Henry.

    • well you know

      The Red Sox didn’t even have to play the Phils six times (in 2011 or in 2012)

      For 2912 the Sox have

      Phils 3
      Marlins 6
      Braves 3
      Nats 3
      Cubs 3

      Home and home with the Marlins, how fair.

      I’m sure Braves will be very unhappy with nine games against Yanks and Sox while Phils get three.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I like the six games against Atlanta.

    Two of the best teams in baseball facing each other, and it’s not an insufferability affair like Yankees/Phillies would be.

    I’ll take it.

  • 1000 BoSox butt-kissers at ESPN

    Only two West Coast trips this year, and none after July? And no West Coast trip in the middle of September?

    OK: who screwed up?

    And then there’s this: what bright boy is letting the Yanks end the season at home for the first time since 1957? And 12 of the last 18 at home?

    Did they let Levine put together the Yanks’ schedule or something?