Phillies 2018 schedule notes: Season starts early, heavy dose of AL East

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Phillies 2018 schedule notes: Season starts early, heavy dose of AL East

The Phillies will start their 2018 season five days earlier than they did this year, opening in Atlanta on Thursday, March 29.

The Phils' schedule, released Tuesday, includes interleague series against the AL East. The Phillies will host the Blue Jays, Yankees, Orioles and Red Sox and travel to face Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Boston and Toronto.

The first interleague series takes place in Tampa from April 13-15.

The Phillies' home opener is Thursday, April 5, at 3:05 p.m. against the Marlins. 

The Phils' first West Coast road trip begins on Memorial Day weekend. They are in L.A. and San Francisco from May 28 until June 3.

From May 24 through July 8, the Phillies play just two divisional series, both against the Nationals. They'll then face the Marlins and Mets 10 times each in the final two months. 

Here is a look at the full schedule.