Blue Jays open, close '17 against AL East foes

Toronto makes second trip to Wrigley, also visits St. Louis, Milwaukee and Atlanta

Blue Jays open, close '17 against AL East foes

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays will open the 2017 regular season with a two-game series against the American League East rival Orioles at Camden Yards on April 3.

Major League Baseball released its 2017 schedule Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Jays' first homestand starts April 11 with a two-game Interleague set against the Brewers and a pair of exciting intradivisional series against the Orioles and Red Sox.

Blue Jays' 2017 regular-season schedule

In addition to Toronto's home-opening series against Milwaukee, Interleague Play will see the Blue Jays host the Braves (May 15-16), Reds (May 29-31) and Pirates (August 11-13). Toronto will also visit the Cardinals (April 25-27), Braves (May 17-18), Brewers (May 23-24) and Cubs (Aug. 18-20). The Blue Jays will be making just their second visit to historic Wrigley Field and first since 2005.

Toronto fans out in Seattle will get a chance to see Canada's team from June 9-11 on the back end of a six-game West Coast trip. The Blue Jays will close out the first half with a four-game set at home against Houston July 6-9 before the four-day All-Star break. Toronto will open the second half with a season-high 10-game road trip through Detroit, Boston and Cleveland, all of whom are current playoff contenders.

Once again, the Blue Jays' September schedule is loaded with crucial matchups against division rivals. Toronto will play 18 of its final 28 games against AL East opponents, with six each against the Yankees, Red Sox and Orioles, who are all competing with the Blue Jays for a playoff spot this season.

The final home game of the season will be against the Yankees on Sept. 24. The season will conclude with a six-game road trip, as the Blue Jays visit Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium.

Toronto will play at home on Canada Day, July 1, a 1:07 p.m. ET start against Boston.

All dates and times are subject to change.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.