The Rays will get their fill of opening day festivities next season, as the 2018 schedule released Tuesday has them playing in three home openers - their own to start the season against the Red Sox on March 29 at the Trop, at Yankee Stadium on April 2 and at Fenway Park on April 5.
The March 29 opener will be the earliest in club history as MLB has moved the schedule up from past years. It also will be the Rays' first opener on a Thursday,
Interleague visitors to the Trop are the Phillies (April 13-15), Braves (May 8-9), Nationals (June 25-26) and in-state rival Marlins (July 20-22).
The Rays will make interleague visits to Nats (June 5-6), Marlins (July 2-4), Mets (July 6-8) and Braves (Aug. 28-29).
The Rays play 19 games against each of their AL East opponents, with 10 against the Red Sox in April and 10 against the Blue Jays in September, including the season finale at the Trop on Sept. 30.
The schedule remains subject to change, and game times will be announced at a later date.