BOSTON – Last week, the NBA announced their official schedule for the 2019-20 season, which also allowed Boston Celtics fans to see what the marquee games for their beloved basketball team were, with about two months left until the season tip-off. Baseball fans, on the other hand, were treated to the announcement of the 2020 schedule seven months before the season actually begins. And the 2020 slate of games definitely seems kinder to the Red Sox than the 2019 schedule did.

First of all, Boston does not have to endure a gauntlet of a west coast road trip to begin the season, so that is always a plus. Instead, Boston opens the season with a road trip against two divisional rivals, just in case Fenway Park gets coated in snow. The season begins for the Sox on March 26 with a four game set versus the Toronto Blue Jays. Then, Boston travels to face off against the Baltimore Orioles for three games. Boston's home opener will be held at Fenway on April 2 against the Chicago White Sox.

Other notable elements of the 2020 Red Sox schedule include a 10-day homestand in August, which includes a day off, as well as series against the Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, and Cincinnati Reds. In addition to the Reds, the other National League teams the Red Sox will see are the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, and Milwaukee Brewers.

Boston's first tussle with their arch rival, the New York Yankees, is slated to take place in the Bronx on May 8, and the Houston Astros will come to town on May 22.

The All-Star Break will commence from July 13 to July 16 in 2020 as the league's best will head to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. One other special event for the year will come on August 23 on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. In a designated home game for the Orioles, the Red Sox will play the birds of Baltimore in the fourth annual MLB Little League Classic. This event has two MLB teams take in games from the Little League World Series before playing their own game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

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