Cubs to open 2015 slate at Wrigley vs. rival Cards

Chicago will host Memorial Day and Fourth of July games

Cubs to open 2015 slate at Wrigley vs. rival Cards

TORONTO -- The Cubs will face National League Central rival St. Louis in the 2015 season opener April 5 on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball at 7 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field. It'll be the first time since 1991 that the Cubs have started a season against the Cardinals.

Schedules for 2015 were released by Major League Baseball on Sept. 8, and among Cubs highlights will be a July 10-12 series against the hometown rival White Sox at Wrigley to end the first half.

They'll visit U.S. Cellular later in the summer for a three-game series against the White Sox starting Aug. 14.

The Cubs will play a total of eight Interleague series against the American League Central, beginning with a May 29-31 homestand against the Royals. They'll also battle the Indians in a pair of back-to-back two-game series June 15-18.

The schedule dictates that the club will host two holiday games next season. First on Memorial Day on May 25 vs. the Nationals, and on the Fourth of July against the Marlins. The Cubs will be on the road for three holidays: May 10 at Milwaukee for Mother's Day; June 21 in Minnesota for Father's Day; and Sept. 7 for Labor Day in St. Louis.

All dates and times are subject to change.

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.