The Orioles have announced their 2016 schedule, and it starts at Camden Yards with the Minnesota Twins on April 4, ends Oct. 2 with a trip to Yankee Stadium and includes three West Coast road trips.

As part of the rotating interleague schedule, the American League East gets the National League West in 2016 – meaning the Orioles will host the San Diego Padres (June 21-22), the Colorado Rockies (July 25-27) and Arizona Diamondbacks (Sept. 23-25). They'll also have their traditional, home-and-away interleague series with the Washington Nationals (at Camden Yards, Aug. 22-23 and at Nationals Park, Aug. 24-25).


The Orioles will travel to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers almost 50 years after the teams met in the 1966 World Series. That showdown will be on July 4-6 at Dodger Stadium. Also as part of interleague play, the Orioles visit San Diego (June 28-29) and San Francisco (Aug. 12-14).

Frequent travel miles could be a theme of next year. The Orioles have one 10-game road trip (Chicago White Sox, Oakland and San Francisco) and three nine-game trips: One to Los Angeles to play the Angels, followed by trips to Houston and Cleveland, one to San Diego, Seattle and Los Angeles to play the Dodgers and one to Tampa Bay, Detroit and Boston.

At first blush, it looks brutal. And Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been hinting about the schedule "challenges" the club would face next year for the past several weeks. Now that it's official, Showalter sidestepped directly criticizing the schedule, but it's clear he's not a fan.

"Oh man, don't get me in trouble. We didn't have anything to do with it, much at all, obviously. I've got an opinion on it. It is what it is," he said. "I guarantee you we could go to every club and they could find some part of their schedule that just didn't make much sense, but I'm sure there are good reasons. Like I said, I try not to be paranoid, I just try to be alert. If you were [into] some conspiracy theory, you'd have something to go with."

On the flip side, that means the Orioles will have some long homestands, including two 10-game homestands (April 28-May 8 and May 30-June 8) and an 11-game stint at Camden Yards (Sept. 15-25 against Tampa Bay, Boston and Arizona) to finish off the home schedule.

As usual with the unbalanced schedule, the Orioles will host their four division rivals three times each at Camden Yards. The team will also have home games on Mother's Day, Father's Day and Memorial Day.

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