ugg website Blue Jays to open 2018 season March 29 against Yankees
The Blue Jays will play the five National League East teams as part of interleague play in 2018, beginning with a two game set against the New York Mets at Citi Field in mid May.
Toronto also will play the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins throughout the year, with road games in all but Washington. The three games in Miami on the Labour Day weekend will be only the Blue Jays second visit to Marlins Park, which opened in 2012.
Toronto home schedule will wrap up Sept. 26 against the Houston Astros. The Blue Jays close out the season Sept. 30 at Tampa Bay. ET. The remaining four are 1:07,
which has been the normal starting time in the past. Sunday home games remain 1:07 starts.
The Junior Jays promotion moves to Sunday from Saturday.
All 30 teams will begin play on the same day in 2018. It will be the first time that all major league teams have been scheduled to play on Opening Day since 1968.
The March 29 openers will be the earliest start for domestic games in history.
The early date was motivated by new collective bargaining rules that mandate more rest time for teams. The 2018 schedule will have three or four extra days off per team.
Another change as a result of the collective bargaining agreement is that there will not be a Sunday night game before the all star game. To compensate, the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will play a game at Wrigley Field on Thurs. July 19, two days after the all star game. In recent years, that date had been kept clear. The game will be played during the day and will be the only game on the schedule.
The Minnesota Twins will play the Cleveland Indians in a two game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in April. They will be the first regular season games on the island since 2010.