Trip to Boston, Bronx highlights '16 schedule

Giants will open season in Milwaukee, finish it at home vs. Dodgers

PHOENIX -- A trip that includes visits to Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium back-to-back highlights the Giants' tentative 2016 schedule, which Major League Baseball released Tuesday.

After opening a three-city trip in San Diego on July 15-17, the Giants, who last visited the Boston Red Sox in 2007, will go to Fenway for a two-game series on July 19-20. Then comes a three-game set from July 22-24 against the New York Yankees, who shared the city with the Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers until the two National League teams moved West in 1958.

Tentative 2016 Giants schedule

It'll be a home-and-home arrangement for the Giants against the Red Sox -- and former San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval -- who will visit AT&T Park on June 7-8.

The Giants will begin the 162-game campaign on Monday, April 4 at Milwaukee, marking their seventh consecutive road season opener. Following that three-game series, they'll face the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers in the Thursday, April 7 home opener at AT&T Park. That will be the first of 19 games between the Giants and Dodgers, who also will conclude the season against each other Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in San Francisco.

Other noteworthy elements of the schedule include:

• A four-game home-and-home set against the cross-bay Interleague rival Oakland A's from June 27-30. The first two games will be played in San Francisco before the stage switches to Oakland for the second pair.

• Before a season-ending week-long homestand, the Giants must play 17 of 24 games on the road, a stretch that includes series against all four NL West foes as well as the Chicago Cubs (Sept. 1-4).

• That Cubs series will launch a three-city trip, one of four scheduled for the Giants. These sojourns are scheduled for May 27-June 5 (Colorado, Atlanta, St. Louis), July 15-24 (the aforementioned San Diego-Boston-Yankees swing), Aug. 2-11 (Philadelphia, Washington, Miami) and Sept. 1-11 (Cubs, Colorado, Arizona).

• The Giants have a pair of 10-game homestands, their longest of the year. There's April 18-27 (Arizona, Miami, San Diego) and Aug. 12-21 (Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Mets).

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.