MLB has announced its tentative schedule for the 2012 season. The Red Sox will play their first game on Thursday, April 5, when they face the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. They will close the regular season on October 3 at Yankee Stadium.
The team will celebrate Fenway Park's 100th anniversary during Boston's first homestand. The centennial will take place Friday, April 20, against the Yankees, exactly one century after the two clubs faced off to open the ballpark.
The Orioles will also have a celebration in April; the 20th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards will be held Friday, April 6, when Baltimore opens its season against the Twins.
Baseball's opener will be a single game on Wednesday, April 4, with the St. Louis Cardinals playing the renamed Miami Marlins at Florida's new ballpark.
All teams will have a four-game All-Star break. The 83rd Midsummer Classic will be played July 10 in Kansas City. The regular season will resume on Friday, June 13.
MLB has, again, managed to avoid November baseball; the 2012 World Series will end no later than October.
From 2009 to 2011, the Red Sox have opened each season against the American League Champion. Boston will attempt to break that streak with a trip to the World Series this October.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright will try to stay on a roll, as will the Red Sox, as they continue their three-game series tonight (9:20) against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas.
Wright (8-4, American League-leading 2.01 ERA) faces Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.94), in his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list.
The Red Sox rallied to win the series opener 8-7 with a four-run ninth inning.
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Bryce Brentz LF
Christian Vazquez C
Steven Wright RHP
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Ian Desmond CF
Nomar Mazara LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Prince Fielder DH
Roughned Odor 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Mitch Moreland 1B
Robinson Chirinos C
A.J. Griffin RHP
With the Red Sox bullpen taxed in recent days by pitching 18 1/3 innings the past four games, including a short outing Friday night by starter David Price, right-hander William Cuevas was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket and infielder Deven Marrero was sent down.
Cuevas, 25, made one relief appearance for Boston (allowing two runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings in his major league debut April 21) and had been starting at Pawtucket (4-3, 3.30 ERA in 12 starts). He pitched 5 1/3 innings on Sunday. He'll be available out of the bullpen tonight as the Red Sox continue their three-game series in Texas.
Marrero, 25, appeared in four games and went 1-for-7 in his latest stint in Boston.
The Red Sox are reportedly interested in the Atlanta Braves' Julio Teheran, so Marc Bertand and Tim Britton look at some roster options.