NEW YORK - APRIL 26: A general view of Yankee Stadium during the game between the Los Angeles Angels and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
The Yankees are right in the thick of a playoff push, standing only two games behind the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles for a Wild Card spot. However, it is never too early to look towards 2017 as Major League Baseball announced the schedule for all 30 teams today.
Opening Day for the Yankees will be in Tampa Bay on April 2nd of next year. The teams home opener in the Bronx will take place on April 10th against the same Tampa Bay Rays.
2017 Yankees: 4/3 Opener at Tampa Bay. 4/10 Home opener vs TB. 8/14-5 Mets at Stadium. 8/16-7 Yankees at Citi. Yanks play NL Central teams.
The first game against the rival Boston Red Sox won’t be until June 6th when the Sox come to New York. On the flip side, the Yankees don’t travel to Boston until July 14th. Seems odd to not have the Red Sox on the schedule earlier in the year but this only sets up more important games down the stretch.
Cross-town rival New York Mets come to the Bronx August 14-15 and the teams will play at Citi Field August 16-17.
Like the rest of the American League East, the Yankees interleague schedule will consist of the National League Central. The St. Louis Cardinals travel to the Bronx on April 14-16. New York will also host Milwaukee Brewers in July and play a home-and-home against the Cincinnati Reds in May at the Great American Ball Park and July at Yankee Stadium.
Wrigley Field will be the site of the Yankees-Cubs matchup next season. The teams will play May 5-7. The Yankees will also travel to Pittsburg to take on the Pirates from April 21-23. A lot of interleague games for the Bombers to begin the season.
The Yankees will finish the season at home against division rival Toronto Blue Jays which could affect a potential division or wild card as both teams figure to be in the hunt next season.
So much talk about the Yankees has been centered around 2017 and beyond. They have a tough interleague schedule next year against some veteran and historic teams like the Cardinals and Cubs. Down the stretch against the division always creates drama and next season will be no different. It should make for a fun and interesting season as the Yankees look to get back to the promise land.