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Hopkins code cracks baseball scheduling

Hopkins code cracks baseball scheduling

In baseball, it turns out, making a perfect schedule can be as elusive as throwing a perfect game.

There are a lot of rules, starting with the basics: For each major league team, 81 games must be on the road and 81 at home, with 13 home weekend series and 19 games against divisional opponents.

With any wiggle room left, a team such as the Orioles might ask for a home game on Father's Day or an away game when a concert is scheduled at nearby M&T Bank Stadium. But any special request from one team can lead to a lot of eraser smudges for the rest. Such scheduling issues also extend to the minor leagues, which have their own idiosyncrasies.

Just as the statistics-heavy...