Because it totally makes sense to announce the schedule for the 2008 baseball season on November 13, the Texas Rangers today released next season's schedule and game times -- so, really, no pushing or shoving as you line up for season tix. For them's so interested, the first regular season game takes place March 31 in Seattle, with the Rangers playing their first game in Arlington on April 8 at 1:05 p.m. against the Baltimore Orioles.
The Rangers do note there's one major change from the 2007 season -- and, no, it's not "sucking less." Says this morning's media release, "night games between Memorial Day and Labor Day return to a 7:05 p.m. start time, while Sunday afternoon games remain at 2:05 p.m." Which means you'll be able to leave the ball park earlier. The entirety of today's announcement is after the jump. Like you care. --Robert Wilonsky
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TEXAS RANGERS ANNOUNCE COMPLETE 2008 SCHEDULE
Game Times Announced, Subject to Change
The Texas Rangers today announced the club’s 2008 regular season schedule and game times. All game times are subject to change. The regular season is scheduled to begin Monday, March 31, 2008 in Seattle, and Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is set for Tuesday, April 8 at 1:05 p.m., when the Rangers host the Baltimore Orioles.
In a change from 2007, night games between Memorial Day and Labor Day return to a 7:05 p.m. start time, while Sunday afternoon games remain at 2:05 p.m. All other afternoon games are scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
Texas plays division opponents LA of Anaheim, Oakland and Seattle 19 times each. Those clubs make three trips to Arlington, while Toronto, Cleveland, Tampa Bay and Detroit all play two series at Rangers Ballpark. The New York Yankees make their only visit in a four-game series Aug. 4-7, and the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox are intown Sept. 5-7.
The Rangers’ Interleague schedule features the National League East, including the division champion Philadelphia Phillies’ first trip to Texas (June 27-29). The Rangers also have a home series scheduled with Atlanta (June 17-19), and play at the New York Mets (June 13-15) and Washington Nationals (June 20-22). The Silver Boot series with the intrastate rival Houston Astros continues May 16-18 at Rangers Ballpark and June 24-26 at Minute Maid Park.
The longest homestand of 2008 is 11 games, against Seattle (July 28-31), Toronto (Aug. 1-3), and New York-AL (Aug. 4-7). The team also has 10-game road trip at Minnesota (May 19-22), Cleveland (May 23-25), and Tampa Bay (May 26-28).
Texas travels to Baltimore for the Fourth of July, their first Independence Day road trip since 2004. The Rangers also play in Boston on Patriots Day (April 21) at 9:05 a.m. CT. It will mark just the third time for Texas to play a Patriots Day game in Boston, as the Rangers lost games in both 1981 (April 20) and 1988 (April 18).
The team plays at home on Labor Day (Sept. 1) against Seattle and concludes the season with a three-game series at LA of Anaheim. It is the third consecutive year the Rangers finish the campaign away from Arlington.
Texas Rangers 10 packs are on sale now for a limited time only. There are four seating areas to choose from, including Upper Reserved, Lower Reserved, Corner Box and Lexus Club Box. Prices start at $79 for 10 vouchers redeemable in any combination for 2008 regular season home games, excluding Opening Day. Fans purchasing 10 packs by Nov. 30 will also qualify to redeem their vouchers before tickets go on sale to the general public.
Individual game tickets go on sale Friday, March 7.