Baltimore Orioles announce 2014 schedule

Greg Fiume

The Orioles have announced their schedule for the 2014 season, which will open the same way the 2013 regular season will conclude: at home against the Boston Red Sox.

The Orioles announced their full schedule for the 2014 regular season on Tuesday. The season will mark the 60th anniversary of the franchise's existence in Baltimore and it will begin the same way the 2013 regular season will end: at home against the Boston Red Sox. Times for each game will be announced at a later date, according to the Orioles.

A quick perusal of the schedule shows that the O's will have a tougher set of opponents to face in their interleague schedule next season. They will play 10 of their 20 interleague games against this season's National League playoff teams, with four games against the Pirates and three against the Cardinals and the Reds. The Pirates games are split with two in Baltimore (April 29-30) and two in Pittsburgh (May 20-21). These are Tuesday/Wednesday series.

This year, only three of the 20 games that the Orioles played against interleague opponents have turned out to be against playoff teams - the three games they played against the Dodgers, who were not playing well back when the Orioles played them. Team quality varies from year to year, so what looks tough now may not be next season.

The O's will also play three games on the road against the Brewers and Cubs in addition to a two-and-two split series with the Nationals from July 7-10.

There are 95 games prior to the All-Star Break (July 14-17) and the Orioles play 49 of these games at home. That means 32 of the 67 post-Break games will be at home. They play the largest number of home games in June, with 17 of 27 games scheduled at home. Their most road-heavy month is May, with 18 of 28 games on the road.

The typical long West Coast road trip comes immediately following the All-Star Break, with the O's going on a ten-game swing through Oakland, Los Angeles, and Seattle from July 18-27. They also have a 10-game road trip from May 26-June 5 that will play through Milwaukee, Houston, and Texas, and a nine-game road trip to Cleveland and Chicago (White Sox and Cubs) from August 15-24.

The two ten-game homestands are both heavily in June, with ten games against Oakland, Boston, and Toronto from June 6-15 and ten games against the White Sox, Tampa Bay, and Texas from June 23-July 3.

They will play the standard 19 games against each Eastern division opponent. They will have ten at home and nine on the road against the Rays and Blue Jays, and ten on the road and nine at home against the Red Sox and Yankees.

The season will close with a seven-game road trip, with four games against the Yankees and three against the Blue Jays to end the regular season on September 28. The final home game of the season will be against the Red Sox on September 21, part of a nine-game homestand. Similar to this year, their final 22 games will be against divisional opponents.

The complete schedule can be viewed on the Orioles website.

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