Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
Posted: 11:50 a.m.
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CHICAGO Visits to the storied St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers and the return of the two-game Los Angeles Angels set are highlights of the 2012 Chicago White Sox schedule, released on Wednesday.
Chicago opens on the road for just the third time in eight seasons, starting play in Arlington, Texas, at the Rangers April 6-8. After a series in Cleveland, they will open at home vs. the presumptive AL Central champion Detroit Tigers at home on Friday, April 13.
Before April expires, the White Sox take their first West Coast trip, heading out to Seattle and Oakland April 20-25.
Interleague play again centers on six games vs. the Chicago Cubs, beginning with a series at Wrigley Field May 18-20 and chased by the rematch at U.S. Cellular Field June 18-20. Other interleague series include visits to the Cardinals (June 12-14) and Dodgers (June 15-17) and welcoming the Houston Astros (June 8-10) and Milwaukee Brewers (June 22-24).
Other highlights include eight games vs. the Boston Red Sox (April 26-29 in Chicago and July 16-19 at Fenway Park) and seven against the New York Yankees (June 28-July 1 in the Bronx and August 20-22 in Chicago). The season ends at the Cleveland Indians October 1-3.
The White Sox have two 10-game homestands in 2011, August 20-30 and September 3-13. They also have two 10-game road trips, July 13-22 (beginning right after the All-Star Game in Kansas City) and
The longest homestand of 2012 is 10 games, which occurs twice during the season (August 20-30 and September 3-13). The longest trip is 10 days (twice), a 10-game trip taking place from July 13-22, following the All-Star Game in Kansas City, and a nine-game, 10-day trip from September 14-23.
The White Sox are at home, hosting the Rangers, on July 4 (a three-game series July 3-5). They are also at home on September 11, hosting Detroit. The last 13 games of the season are against teams that should finish with winning records: the Angels, Indians and Tampa Bay Rays.
Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.com's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.