Circle Monday, March 31 on your calendar — that's when the Phillies will open the 2014 season against the Rangers in Texas.
If that sounds odd, it's because it is. With the new 15-team league format that started this year, there must be at least one interleague series being played at all times. So the Phillies drew the short straw to open the year.
After a weekend series against the Cubs in Chicago — where it's sure to be chilly in early April — the Phillies will open at home on Monday, April 7 against the Brewers at 3:05 p.m. It will also be the first time the Phillies ever opened at home against Milwaukee.
Here are some other interesting tidbits from the Phillies' schedule:
• Interleague opponents: Rangers (away), Blue Jays (home/away), Angels (home/away), Astros (home), Mariners (home), Athletics (away)
• Two 10-game homestands: April 7-17 (MIL, MIA, ATL), May 23-June 1 (LAD, COL, NYM)
• Three 10-game road trips: April 18-27 (COL, LAD, ARI), July 1-10 (MIA, PIT, MIL), Sept. 15-25 (SD, OAK, MIA)
• The Phillies play 22 of 30 games at home from April 29-June 1
• They'll be on the road for 19 of the season's final 29 games
• The Phillies will close the season with a three-game set against the Braves at home
• Mike Trout makes his first visit to Philadelphia with the Angels May 13-14
• The Mariners' visit will be their first ever to Citizens Bank Park. They last visited Philly in 2003, when they swept the Phillies at the Vet.
• For the first time since 2007, the Phillies and Red Sox won't meet in the regular season.
Check out the Phillies' full schedule.
The baseball season will open on March 22 in Sydney, Australia where the Dodgers and Diamondbacks will meet for two games.