The Orioles will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards next season. Here are some highlights of the 2017 Orioles schedule. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
BOSTON — The Orioles released their regular-season schedule for next year, and they will open the 2017 season on April 3 at home against the division-rival Toronto Blue Jays.
The Orioles will also play the National League Central in interleague play, and will host the Pittsburgh Pirates (June 6-7), St. Louis Cardinals (June 16-18) and Chicago Cubs (July 14-16) at Camden Yards. The schedule also includes interleague road trips to face the Cincinnati Reds (April 18-20), Milwaukee Brewers (July 3-5) and Pirates (Sept 26-27).
The team's annual back-to-back home-and-home series against the Washington Nationals will take place in May. The Orioles will host the Nationals from May 8-9 and then play at Nationals Park from May 10-11.
After traveling to the West Coast three times this season — in part because of an interleague schedule against the NL West — the Orioles will make just one trip out west in 2017: a three-city, 10-game road trip in August to play the Los Angeles Angels (Aug. 7-9), Oakland Athletics (Aug. 10-13) and Seattle Mariners (Aug. 14-16).
"It can't be any worse than this year's," Showalter deadpanned about the 2017 schedule. "I haven't really dissected it yet like we will."
The Orioles' will have two 10-game homestands, including one immediately after the All-Star break from July 14-23 that will include games against the Cubs, Texas Rangers and Houston Astros. Their other 10-game homestand will be against the Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees from Aug. 28 to Sept. 6.
Following an August that will include 16 home games, the Orioles will finish the season with 15 of their last 22 games on the road.