MLB season starts March 31, again with every team scheduled

Aug 3, 2021, 10:20 PM | Updated: Aug 4, 2021, 10:25 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will open the 2022 season on March 31 — as long as there isn’t a work stoppage — and will try for the fourth time to have every team play its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968.

The league released the full schedule on Wednesday. NL openers have the Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, Colorado at the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta at Miami, Arizona at Milwaukee, Washington at the New York Mets, St. Louis at Pittsburgh and San Francisco at San Diego.

AL openers are Toronto at Baltimore, Tampa Bay at Boston, Minnesota at the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City at Cleveland, the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland, Detroit at Seattle and the New York Yankees at Texas.

In the one interleague opener, Philadelphia is at Houston.

The collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the players’ association expires Dec. 1. Given the acrimonious relationship between the sides, a lockout or strike appears possible. Baseball has not had a work stoppage since a 7 1/2-month strike in 1994-95 that caused the first cancellation of the World Series in 90 years.

MLB tried to have all 30 clubs play on the same opening day for three of the past four seasons. Pittsburgh at Detroit and Washington at Cincinnati were rained out in 2018.

For 2019, Seattle and Oakland started ahead of other teams with a two-game series in Tokyo. The start of the 2020 season was delayed to July 23 due to the pandemic, and the only game on opening night had the Yankees at Washington.

When MLB tried again this year, the Mets’ game in Washington — a prime pitching matchup between Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer — was postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak. Baltimore’s game at Boston was postponed because rain was in the forecast.

Home openers for teams opening on the road start April 4, when the Royals host the White Sox, the Blue Jays host the Rays, the Cubs host the Cardinals and the Nationals host the Phillies.

April 7 home openers have the Yankees host the Red Sox, the Angels host the Astros, the Twins host the Mariners, the Diamondbacks host the Padres, the Cardinals host the Pirates and the Braves host the Reds.

Remaining home openers are April 8, with the the Tigers home against the White Sox, the Rays home against the Orioles, the Phillies home against the Athletics, the Rockies home against the Dodgers and the Gianst home against the Marlins.

Interleague play has the AL East vs. NL Central, AL Central vs. NL West and AL West vs. NL East. The Cubs play at Yankee Stadium from June 10-12 and the Red Sox are at Wrigley Field from July 1-3.

The Mets host the Yankees, observing the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Every team is scheduled to play on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, which falls on a Friday.

A day-night doubleheader is in the original schedule, with the Tigers at the Twins on July 23.

The All-Star Game will be at Dodger Stadium on July 19, its latest date since 1981 was played on Aug. 9 following a players’ strike. The 2020 All-Star Game was supposed to be at Dodger Stadium but was canceled due to the pandemic.

The only game on July 21, the start of the second half, has the Dodgers hosting the Giants.

The regular season is scheduled to end on Oct. 2.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Associated Press

Niang scores 17, Radford takes down George Washington 86-76

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — Madiaw Niang helped lead Radford over George Washington on Sunday with 17 points off of the bench in an 86-76 victory. Niang added seven rebounds for the Highlanders (6-3). Bryan Antoine added 13 points while going 5 of 9 (3 for 6 from distance), and he also had four steals. Josiah […]
14 hours ago
Associated Press

Loville hits 6 3s, leads No. 14 Arizona women past Lobos

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jade Loville made 10 of 13 shots, including a career-best six 3-pointers, and scored 27 points to lead No. 14 Arizona to a 77-60 win over New Mexico on Sunday. Shaina Pellington added 19 points for the Wildcats (7-0), who had their lowest output of the year and won by less […]
14 hours ago
Associated Press

Clayton’s 21 lead Iona over Canisius 90-60

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — Walter Clayton Jr. had 21 points in Iona’s 90-60 win over Canisius on Sunday. Clayton added four steals for the Gaels (4-2). Berrick JeanLouis scored 16 points while finishing 6 of 8 from the floor, and added seven rebounds. Nelly Junior Joseph was 4 of 8 shooting and 4 of […]
14 hours ago
Associated Press

Manon scores 12, Cornell defeats Lafayette 73-68

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Chris Manon’s 12 points helped Cornell defeat Lafayette 73-68 on Sunday. Manon had six rebounds for the Big Red (7-1). Nazir Williams scored 12 points and added five rebounds. Greg Dolan shot 5 for 11, including 1 for 3 from beyond the arc to finish with 12 points. It was the […]
14 hours ago
New York Giants' Saquon Barkley leaps into the end zone during the first half of an NFL football ga...
Associated Press

Giants and Commanders tie at 20 as Gano’s kick falls short

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Giants kicker Graham Gano came up well short on a 58-yard field goal attempt as time expired in overtime, leaving New York and the Washington Commanders tied at 20 Sunday in a deadlock between teams on the periphery of the NFC playoff picture. Taylor Heinicke threw two touchdown passes for […]
2 days ago
Minnesota Vikings safety Camryn Bynum (24) celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass duri...
Associated Press

Vikings hang on, again, for 27-22 victory over White, Jets

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Jefferson’s touchdown catch with 8:33 left gave the Minnesota Vikings enough of a lead to hang on for a 27-22 victory despite a relentless rally by the New York Jets on Sunday. Camryn Bynum’s interception at the 1-yard line with 10 seconds left finally sealed it for the Vikings (10-2), who […]
2 days ago
MLB season starts March 31, again with every team scheduled