Rangers visit A's, welcome Astros to open '15 season

Rangers visit A's, welcome Astros to open '15 season

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' 2015 home opener will be against the Astros on Friday, April 10, according to the schedule released by Major League Baseball on Monday.

The Rangers will open the season on the road with a four-game series with the Athletics on April 6 in Oakland. Times have not yet been determined. This will be the 20th time in 44 years that Texas will open the season on the road.

The Rangers will also be making their first appearance in Dodger Stadium since 2001. They have a pair of two-game home-and-home series with both the Dodgers and the D-backs as part of their Interleague schedule.

The Dodgers will be in Arlington on June 15-16 and the Rangers will be in Los Angeles on June 17-18. Texas is at Arizona on April 21-22 and the D-backs come here on July 7-8.

The Rangers also have two three-game series with the Padres. The Rangers host the Padres July 10-12 while going to San Diego on Aug. 31-Sept. 2. The rest of their Interleague schedule includes the Giants here on July 31-Aug. 2 and traveling to Colorado on July 20-22.

The 2015 home schedule also includes four-game series with the Red Sox (May 28-31), Royals (May 11-14) and Yankees (July 27-30). The Rangers will host the Angels on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4. The club also plays its final seven games of the regular season at home, hosting the Tigers for three games and the Angels for four contests from Sept. 28-Oct. 4.

With 15 teams in each league, Interleague Play will take place throughout the entire regular season for the third straight year. Clubs will again play 19 games against division opponents (76 total games) and either six or seven contests vs. non-divisional league opponents in home-and-home series (66 total games). Each club will also play 20 Interleague games (10 home, 10 road), with Texas meeting the five National League West clubs in 2015.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.