Who’s up for a road trip?
As the Royals’ playoff hopes grow dim this season, we know what next season looks like. Well, we know the schedule.
On Wednesday, the Royals unveiled the 2017 schedule and it shows them hitting the road to open the season. Their first game will be at the Minnesota Twins on April 3 with a 3:10 p.m. start. After a day off, the teams will play a 12:10 p.m. game on April 5. The Royals will then travel to Houston for three games.
The Royals’ home opener will be April 10 against the Oakland A’s. After a day off, the teams will play games on April 11-12.
The Royals will end the season with a six-game home stand, playing three against the Tigers (Sept. 26-28) and the Diamondbacks (Sept. 29-Oct. 1).
Interleague games next season will be played against the Cardinals, Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks, Rockies and Padres.
The games against St. Louis will be on Aug. 7-8 at Kauffman Stadium and Aug. 9-10 at Busch Stadium. The Royals play the Giants in a split four-game series (April 18-19 at home and June 13-14 at San Francisco). Just before the trip to face the Giants, the Royals will play the Padres in San Diego from June 9-11.
The Royals travel to play the Dodgers just before the All-Star break, with games from July 7-9. The Rockies will be at Kauffman Stadium from Aug. 22-24
The annual international trip (to Canada) is late in the season. The Royals will play the Blue Jays in Toronto from Sept. 19-21.
Three of the Royals’ home games will be on a holiday: Easter (April 16 vs. Angels), Mother’s Day (May 14 vs. Orioles) and Memorial Day (May 29 vs. Tigers).
Here is a link to the entire schedule.