The Dodgers’ interleague schedule for 2011 is full of recently familiar foes. In addition to the annual home-and-home contests with the Angels, the Dodgers face three other American League foes:
at White Sox, May 20-22
vs. Detroit, June 20-22
at Minnesota, June 28-30
That the Dodgers play nine road games out of 15 could pose a problem, as they are a putrid 11-37 in interleague road games since 2005. At home they are a more respectable 22-26 against AL teams during that span.
Here is a look at the interleague schedules for the rest of the teams in the National League West:
Arizona (18): Twins, White Sox, at Kansas City, at Detroit, Indians, at Oakland
Colorado (15): Detroit, at Cleveland, at Yankees, White Sox, Kansas City
San Diego (15): Seattle, at Minnesota, at Boston, Kansas City, at Seattle
San Francsico (15): Oakland, at Oakland, Minnesota, Cleveland, at Detroit
The Diamondbacks are the only team in the division to play 18 interleague games next year, as the other four teams play 15 games against AL opponents.
The is no common AL opponent among the NL West teams. The Tigers play four of the five NL West teams, only avoiding the Padres. The Twins, Royals, and White Sox play three NL West teams each.
Today the Dodgers have announced their preliminary 2011 schedule, which opens at home on Friday, April 1 against the Giants. After the season-opening four-game series with San Francisco, the Dodgers head on the road to face the Rockies, Padres, and Giants. Jackie Robinson Day, on April 15, will be a home game against St. Louis.
The Dodgers will begin the season on a Friday for the first time since April 14, 1978 when they defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-1 and will open the season at home on a Friday for the first time since 2000 when they defeated the Cincinnati Reds 8-1. MLB adopted the recommendation of The Commissioner’s Special Committee for On-Field Matters to begin the regular season earlier and mid-week to avoid playing World Series games in November.
The Dodgers play 15 interleague games next year. The Detroit Tigers visit Dodger Stadium from June 20-22 and the Dodgers play a weekend series at home against the Angels from June 24-26 before visiting Angel Stadium from July 1-3. Los Angeles travels to Chicago to play the White Sox from May 20-22 and to Minnesota to play the Twins from June 28-30. This will be the Dodgers’ first trip to the Twin Cities since 2006 and their first-ever visit to Target Field.
The Dodgers close their season with a six-game road trip to San Diego and Phoenix. The season ends on Wednesday, September 28.