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.
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.