Red Sox announce weekday start times for 2015 schedule

Day Games and 6 p.m. Starts Dot the April Calendar; Club adds Midweek Matinees in June; Yankee Weekends at Fenway Park set for May 2 & July 11; Red Sox Play the Mets in New York in Late August

BOSTON, MA - The Red Sox today announced most start times for 2015, including three day games and four early evening games in April. The club will announce starting times for Saturdays and Sundays after national television networks make selections in the fall.

All seven April games that take place Monday through Thursday will start early. Opening Day against the Washington Nationals on April 13 will start at 3:05 p.m., one hour later than recent Opening Days. 

The second game of the home season is the first of four weekday night games (Monday-Thursday) when the Red Sox play at 6:10 p.m., an hour earlier than usual. The start time is designed to help families and children attend or watch on television on a school night, and to play when temperatures should be a few degrees warmer. The third home game starts at 1:35 p.m., again in hopes for warmer weather.

A four-game wraparound weekend with the Baltimore Orioles concludes with the traditional Patriots Day game at 11:05 a.m. on Marathon Monday, April 20 (the 103rd birthday of Fenway Park).

While weeknights in May resume at the typical 7:10 p.m. starting times, June has three midweek day games. On Thursday afternoon, June 4, the Red Sox conclude a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins at 4:05 p.m. Nearly two weeks later, on Tuesday, June 16, the team finishes a two-game set with the Atlanta Braves at 4:05 p.m., then flies to Atlanta to resume the series the next night.

The following week, the Red Sox conclude a brief three-game homestand versus Baltimore with a 1:35 p.m. start time on Thursday, June 25. 

The club has five 10-day homestands, up from three in 2014. Two midweek day games on the last of those include a 4:05 p.m. start on Wednesday, September 2, against the Yankees (a "back to school special") and a Labor Day, September 7, day game at 1:35 p.m.

In addition to playing at home on Patriots Day and Labor Day, the Red Sox also play at home on Flag Day (June 14) and Independence Day (July 4). Start times for those games will be announced at a later date. The team is on the road for Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Memorial Day.

Interleague play brings the Washington Nationals to Fenway Park in April, the Atlanta Braves in June, and the Miami Marlins in July. The Red Sox play in Philadelphia to open the season April 6, then later visit Atlanta in June, Miami in mid-August, and the New York Mets the last weekend in August.

The club ends the regular home season September 27, then plays on a weeklong road trip to New York and Cleveland, culminating on Sunday, October 4.