The Red Sox released their 2020 schedule and the first sigh of relief for fans is the club will avoid a season-opening 11-day West Coast road trip.
The Sox started the 2019 season with trips to Seattle, Oakland, and Arizona, playing 11 games in as many days, winning only three.
The Sox will open the 2020 season on the road again, but it will come within their division against the Toronto Blue Jays (March 26-29) and Baltimore Orioles (March 30-April 1). The Red Sox’ home opener will be April 2 against the Chicago White Sox. Tampa Bay comes in next before the Red Sox head west and play the Mariners and A’s.
The Sox’ interleague schedule include home-and-home series against the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds. They will also host the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals, while playing at the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Sox’ trip to visit the Cubs will be its first to Wrigley Field since 2012.
The schedule also includes a one-game stop in Williamsport, Pa., on Aug. 23 to play the Orioles in the Little League Classic.
The Red Sox will host the Yankees June 12-14, July 30-Aug. 2, and Aug. 31-Sept. 2. The team will travel to Yankee Stadium May 8-10, July 24-26, and Sept. 8-10.
The Sox’ longest homestand stretches 10 games between May 19-28, with series against Tampa Bay, Houston, and Kansas City. The longest road trip is also 10 games, from Aug. 20-30, with games at Baltimore, the White Sox, and Detroit. The Sox will finish the season at home against Toronto and Baltimore.
Globe correspondent Dan Shulman contributed to this article. Julian McWilliams can be reached at email@example.com.