Major League Baseball announced the full 2014 schedule this afternoon, and the Yankees will open next season right where they end this season: in Houston. Here’s the schedule. The Yankees and Astros kick off their 2014 slates with three games starting Tuesday, April 1st. From what I can tell, every other team opens their season on March 31st. Because of the retractable roof at Minute Maid Park, there is no obligatory off-day following Opening Day.
The Yankees go to Toronto for three games with the Blue Jays after they’re done with the Astros, then they’ll head to the Bronx for the home opener against the Orioles on Monday, April 7th. They open with six on the road before playing nine straight at home. Here are some more schedule notes:
- Subway Series: Like this year, the Yankees will play a home-and-home series against the Mets. They’ll play the four games from May 12-15th with the first two at Yankee Stadium with the next two in CitiField. Reverse of this year.
- Interleague Play: The Yankees will play all five NL Central teams next year. They play four against the Cubs (two at home, two on the road) and three games each against the Brewers (in Milwaukee), Cardinals (in St. Louis), Pirates (at home), and Reds (at home). Their final series in an NL park is May 26-28th against the Cardinals. They finish up the no-DH portion of the schedule early.
- West Coast: The Yankees play their final West Coast game on June 15th, which is insanely early and awesome. After that, the furthest west they have to go is Minnesota (four games in early-July) and Texas (three games in late-July). They don’t have to leave the Eastern Time Zone after July 30th.
- Longest Homestand: Ten games from July 18-27th against the Reds, Rangers, and Blue Jays. That is immediately after the All-Star break.
- Longest Road Trip: Eleven games from July 4-13th against the Twins, Indians, and Orioles. That is immediately prior to the All-Star break. They also have a ten-game road trip from June 6-15th against the Royals, Mariners, and Athletics.
- AL East: Seventeen of the Yankees’ first 22 games are intra-division. Only seven of those 17 are at home. Twenty-six of their final 29 games will be played within the division as well, including a season-ending three-game series in Boston. September will be brutal.
The Yankees open with 13 games in 13 days, so they won’t have the opportunity to manipulate their roster and skip the fifth starter until the middle of April. They end the season with 20 games in 20 days, meaning no built-in days off the bullpen and whatnot. That is rather unfortunate, but such is life. The schedule is what it is.