Indians' 2015 regular-season schedule unveiled

Cleveland to open in Houston, face NL Central in Interleague Play

Indians' 2015 regular-season schedule unveiled

CLEVELAND -- Though the focus is firmly on the last three weeks of a 2014 season in which the Indians are still alive in the playoff chase, Monday's release of the '15 Major League schedule allows for one brief foray into the future.

Cleveland's 2015 schedule measures up as manageable, on the whole, and not just because it doesn't feature any "30 games in 30 days" stretches like the one the Indians, thanks to rainouts and revisions, are currently enduring.

First things first, the Tribe will open the season in Houston, with three games against the Astros on April 6, 8 and 9, and no chance of delays thanks to that Minute Maid Park roof.

And while nobody can predict what Mother Nature has in store for a Cleveland spring, the later start to the season and the three-game slate on the road will give the Progressive Field grounds crew a few more days to recover from the winter, with the home opener set for Friday, April 10, against the American League Central-rival Tigers.

As far as the rest of the schedule is concerned, the Indians won't have as many West Coast visits as the Interleague schedule necessitated this season. Instead of mixing it up with the National League West, the Tribe will be playing the entire NL slate against the NL Central.

That means home games against the Cardinals (May 12-14), Reds (May 22-24), Cubs (June 17-18) and Brewers (Aug. 25-26). Those Reds games are notable, because it will mark the first time since 2011 that the Cleveland portion of the Ohio Cup is played on a weekend, giving more fans the opportunity to make the trek up Interstate 71.

The Interleague schedule will also bring the Indians to Wrigley Field to play the Cubs (June 15-16) for the first time since 2009, and to PNC Park to play the Pirates (July 3-5) for the first time since '10. They'll also travel to Cincinnati (July 17-19, another weekend series) and Milwaukee (July 21-22).

All told, the Indians will make just two 10-game trips, and they are sure to rank low on the "miles traveled" list in 2015.

In yet another concession to Mother Nature, the Tribe will have just nine home games against 12 road games in April. May, June and July will provide proper balance of the home and road dates, while August (11 home, 16 road) skews one way and September/October (18 home, 14 road) the other. The Indians will play 18 of their last 24 at home, including the final series of the regular season -- Oct. 2-4 against the Red Sox.

Obviously, they hope that heavy dose of home games comes in the midst of another postseason push.

Season tickets for the 2015 slate will go on sale soon, and fans can secure the opportunity for advance purchases of '14 postseason tickets by placing a deposit now. For more information, visit www.Indians.com/PlayoffPayoff.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.