The Texas Rangers will host the Houston Astros in the club's 2018 season opener on Thursday, March 29. The complete 2018 schedule was announced today by Major League Baseball.
This will mark the 27th time in 47 seasons that the Rangers have opened at home, the third straight and the eighth occasion in the last ten years. It will be the second time Texas has opened an overall season with Houston as the club lost in the Astros' first regular season game as an American League franchise on March 31, 2013 at Minute Maid Park. Houston also provided the opposition in the Rangers' home opener on April 10, 2015.
March 29 is scheduled to be the earliest date on which the Rangers have ever opened a season with the previous earliest being March 30, 2003 at Anaheim.
The Rangers will also host Houston on Friday and Saturday, March 30-31 and Sunday, April 1 before opening the road schedule with four games in Oakland, April 2-5. The club then returns to Arlington for a six-game homestand with the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels, April 6-11.
With 15 teams in each league, interleague play will take place throughout the entire regular season for the sixth straight year. Clubs will again play 19 games against division opponents (76 total games) and either six or seven contests vs. nondivisional league opponents in home and home series (66 total games). Each club will also play 20 interleague games (10 home/10 road), with the Rangers facing the five N.L. West clubs in 2018.
Texas will play 19 times each versus A.L. West Division foes Houston, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle. In interleague play, the Rangers will have two-game home and home series with both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers and 3-game home and home sets with the San Diego Padres. Texas rounds out its interleague schedule by hosting the Colorado Rockies for three games and traveling to San Francisco for a three-game series.
The 2018 home schedule also features four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and Kansas City Royals. Texas will be at home on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4 against Houston and Labor Day, Monday, September 3 vs. the Los Angeles Angels.
Game times for the 2018 schedule will be announced at a later date.