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August 3, 2010

Orioles will open at Trop again next season

According to the tentative 2011 Major League Baseball schedule, the Orioles will play their season opener for a second straight year against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The game will be played Friday, April 1.

After a three-game series against the Rays, the Orioles will return to Baltimore and play their home opener on the afternoon of April 4 against the Detroit Tigers.

The schedules are always tentative at this time of the year, but I don't see those two things changing. It's a little disappointing to me that the Orioles are again opening up at Tampa Bay. It will be the third time in the past four years and the fourth time in the past six that the Rays will be the Orioles' Opening Day opponent. There's something to be said for trying something new.

I'm also surprised that they're starting on the road for a second straight year, although it is certainly convenient with the Orioles' spring training site in Sarasota being about a 45-minute drive to the Trop. I was led to believe that the Orioles will open up at home every other year, but again, apparently that's not so anymore.

I think the Orioles are due to play the National League Central in interleague play this season, but I'll wait till the final schedule unveils their specific opponents.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 1:52 PM | | Comments (11)


Jeff- How can I obtain the 2011 schedule? We have a High School Reunion in May and we would like to possibly have an Oriole game as part of the festivities. Thanks.

Jeff Z's reply: It won't be complete and fully available until after the season.

Interleague scheduling has been anything but symmetrical, of course, but I'm wondering if Cincinnati and/or St. Louis will visit next year; they're the only two NL teams who haven't played a regular season game in Baltimore. Hopefully, O's will be more interesting to watch next June.

Is it possible that the weekend series is the last of the exhibition/spring training schedule? MLB has always started the season on the first Monday in April, until they added the Sunday night opener a few years ago. That first Monday in April is always one of the greatest sports days of the year with the Opening Day of Baseball and NCAA Basketball Championship game. If they are starting the season on a Friday, that would be a shift in the start of the MLB season.

Jeff Z's reply: No, I was told that Friday, April 1 is the first full day for every team to open the season.

I heard MLB wants to get the Worls Series finished sooner. They are stsrting earlier next year,

They are starting on a Friday in an effort to end the season a little earlier in the fall. It's a good decision. A chance to have an Opening Weekend across baseball, instead of having interest fall off on Tuesday around the country.

Sucks though, that the Orioles are getting the shaft and being forced to open away again.

What ever happened to getting a day off after Opening Day? We clearly got screwed this year with no days off to open the season, and a daytime Home Opener after flying up from TB to boot! Now it looks like they're pulling the same crap on us, flying us up from TB to play another day game. I can only hope that since we'll be flying back on a Sunday, we'll at least end the series on a day game next season. Simply outrageous!

Jeff, when and where will the Orioles play the Cardinals?

At Camden Yards. The date hasn't been released. In fact, this is all tentative. Likely will happen but not released yet.

We are planning a western swing next year and are curious if you know when the Os play at a)Seattle b)Oakland c)LA?
Can you give us dates(however tentative)/
Also what is your take on who will be here next year a) coaches b)players.

Jeff Z's reply: Hey Chuck, sorry but the schedule is so tentative and we don't have access to the specific dates yes. We just kind of know the matchups and the two openers (home vs. Detroit; season at Tampa). Also, it wouldn't shock me if none of the coaches are back next year. As for the players, you'll have the main nucleus guys (i.e. Matusz, Wieters, Arrieta, Roberts, Guthrie, Markakis, etc.) back.

Jeff, if the schedule is all tenative, why did you even bring it up in the first place?

And how do you know the Cardinals will be here in 2011? If you have the info, why not release it so this fan can starting planning for next season even though this season is not completed yet. Pays to stay ahead of the game.

Tentative means that MLB has not officially approved it yet. So it's 99 percent sure, but there still may be some tweaks. We haven't seen it and we don't have exact dates, but we've heard the highlights. And we reported those highlights, because we thought you'd want to know. And you do. See how that works?

Jeff Z's reply: The things that I wrote aren't changing. The Orioles open with the Rays at the Trop. They play their home opener against Detroit. Their home interleague opponents are the Nats, Cardinals and Reds. Their road ones are the Braves, Nats and Pirates. But I don't have specific dates for the series. MLB doesn't like the schedule to get out so early because changes are eventually made.

One thing to note: The Rays DO NOT play "at Tampa" or "in Tampa". They play in St. Pete and that, my friend, is a very, very big difference around here. Thanks.

St. Pete, Fla.

Hey Jeff, thanks for the heads up on 2011 anyway.

You have, however, gave me a hint of where I'm going next season. It will be nice to go back to Turner Field and PNC Park.

But when you mentioned the Cardinals I had hoped to make a baseball road trip to St. Louis to see the game and include Kansas City but you deflated my plans as the Cards are coming to OPCY instead.

Oh well, there's still Atlanta and Pittsburgh.

BTW, the way the Birds are playing now with Bucky at the helm gives me hope for a BIG 2011, I hope.

Let's go Birds!!!!!!!!!!

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