Mariners 2018 schedule has an early start

Season opens March 29 against Cleveland at Safeco Field

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SEATTLE — Get ready for a March start to the regular season in 2018.

Major League Baseball released next year’s schedule Tuesday, and all 30 clubs will open the season on March 29. The Mariners will be playing host that Thursday night to the Cleveland Indians at Safeco Field.

Why the early start?

Next year marks the first season under the new scheduling format negotiated in the last labor agreement. It extends the length of the season by adding an additional weekend of play at the start of the season to give each club additional days off.

That means the schedule includes some quirks. For example, the Mariners have open dates on the first two Fridays. All clubs are starting the season on the same date for the first time since 1968.

The schedule is still tentative and subject to adjustments until January. Start times will be announced later, although the Mariners are planning a 7:10 p.m. first pitch for their season opener against the Indians.

The interleague rotation matches the Mariners and other American League West clubs against the National League West. For the Mariners, that means every NL West opponent visits Safeco except Arizona, and they play at every NL West venue except Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

The Mariners enjoy a home-heavy May schedule with 19 home games and just nine games on the road.

The Mariners also have weekend series at home against Boston (four games from June 14-17) and the New York Yankees (three games from Sept. 7-9).

The schedule has the Mariners at home for all three major summer holidays: Memorial Day (May 28 vs. Texas), Independence Day (July 4 vs. the Los Angeles Angels) and Labor Day (Sept. 3 vs. Baltimore).

Mariners 2018 tentative schedule

All Times TBA

March 29 Cleveland

March 31 Cleveland

April 1 Cleveland

April 3 at San Francisco

April 4 at San Francisco

April 5 at Minnesota

April 7 at Minnesota

April 8 at Minnesota

April 9 at Kansas City

April 10 at Kansas City

April 11 at Kansas City

April 13 Oakland

April 14 Oakland

April 15 Oakland

April 16 Houston

April 17 Houston

April 18 Houston

April 19 Houston

April 20 at Texas

April 21 at Texas

April 22 at Texas

April 23 at Chicago White Sox

April 24 at Chicago White Sox

April 25 at Chicago White Sox

April 26 at Cleveland

April 27 at Cleveland

April 28 at Cleveland

April 29 at Cleveland

May 1 Oakland

May 2 Oakland

May 3 Oakland

May 4 L.A. Angels

May 5 L.A. Angels

May 6 L.A. Angels

May 8 at Toronto

May 9 at Toronto

May 10 at Toronto

May 11 at Detroit

May 12 at Detroit

May 13 at Detroit

May 15 Texas

May 16 Texas

May 17 Detroit

May 18 Detroit

May 19 Detroit

May 20 Detroit

May 22 at Oakland

May 23 at Oakland

May 24 at Oakland

May 25 Minnesota

May 26 Minnesota

May 27 Minnesota

May 28 Texas

May 29 Texas

May 30 Texas

May 31 Texas

June 1 Tampa Bay

June 2 Tampa Bay

June 3 Tampa Bay

June 5 at Houston

June 6 at Houston

June 7 at Tampa Bay

June 8 at Tampa Bay

June 9 at Tampa Bay

June 10 at Tampa Bay

June 11 L.A. Angels

June 12 L.A. Angels

June 13 L.A. Angels

June 14 Boston

June 15 Boston

June 16 Boston

June 17 Boston

June 19 at N.Y. Yankees

June 20 at N.Y. Yankees

June 21 at N.Y. Yankees

June 22 at Boston

June 23 at Boston

June 24 at Boston

June 25 at Baltimore

June 26 at Baltimore

June 27 at Baltimore

June 28 at Baltimore

June 29 Kansas City

June 30 Kansas City

July 1 Kansas City

July 3 L.A. Angels

July 4 L.A. Angels

July 5 L.A. Angels

July 6 Colorado

July 7 Colorado

July 8 Colorado

July 10 at L.A. Angels

July 11 at L.A. Angels

July 12 at L.A. Angels

July 13 at Colorado

July 14 at Colorado

July 15 at Colorado

July 20 Chicago White Sox

July 21 Chicago White Sox

July 22 Chicago White Sox

July 24 San Francisco

July 25 San Francisco

July 27 at L.A. Angels

July 28 at L.A. Angels

July 29 at L.A. Angels

July 30 Houston

July 31 Houston

Aug. 1 Houston

Aug. 2 Toronto

Aug. 3 Toronto

Aug. 4 Toronto

Aug. 5 Toronto

Aug. 6 at Texas

Aug. 7 at Texas

Aug. 8 at Texas

Aug. 9 at Houston

Aug. 10 at Houston

Aug. 11 at Houston

Aug. 12 at Houston

Aug. 13 at Oakland

Aug. 14 at Oakland

Aug. 15 at Oakland

Aug. 17 L.A. Dodgers

Aug. 18 L.A. Dodgers

Aug. 19 L.A. Dodgers

Aug. 20 Houston

Aug. 21 Houston

Aug. 22 Houston

Aug. 24 at Arizona

Aug. 25 at Arizona

Aug. 26 at Arizona

Aug. 28 at San Diego

Aug. 29 at San Diego

Aug. 30 at Oakland

Aug. 31 at Oakland

Sept. 1 at Oakland

Sept. 2 at Oakland

Sept. 3 Baltimore

Sept. 4 Baltimore

Sept. 5 Baltimore

Sept. 7 N.Y. Yankees

Sept. 8 N.Y. Yankees

Sept. 9 N.Y. Yankees

Sept. 11 San Diego

Sept. 12 San Diego

Sept. 13 at L.A. Angels

Sept. 14 at L.A. Angels

Sept. 15 at L.A. Angels

Sept. 16 at L.A. Angels

Sept. 17 at Houston

Sept. 18 at Houston

Sept. 19 at Houston

Sept. 21 at Texas

Sept. 22 at Texas

Sept. 23 at Texas

Sept. 24 Oakland

Sept. 25 Oakland

Sept. 26 Oakland

Sept. 27 Texas

Sept. 28 Texas

Sept. 29 Texas

Sept. 30 Texas