Yanks in town for '09 season opener

Yanks in town for '09 season opener

BALTIMORE -- As one schedule ticks down, another crops up. The Orioles released their schedule for the 2009 season on Wednesday, a campaign that will start and end at home and will take Baltimore to two new stadiums in between.

Baltimore's season is set to kick off against the Yankees April 6 at Camden Yards, and Tampa Bay will also visit for three games before the Orioles set off on their first road trip. The season will also end on a homestand, with the Blue Jays visiting Baltimore for the final three-game series scheduled for Oct. 2 through Oct. 4.

The Orioles' first road trip will take them through series against the Rangers (April 13-15) and Red Sox (April 17-20), and their third trip will take them to New York's new Yankee Stadium (May 19-21) for the first time. Baltimore will also make a visit to Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park on June 19-21 as part of Interleague Play.

Baltimore will start the Interleague slate with a road series against the Nationals (May 22-24) and will also play on the road against the Marlins (June 23-25), where the Orioles have composed a 1-8 all-time record. Baltimore will play host to the Braves (June 12-14), Mets (June 16-18) and Nationals (June 26-28) during the Interleague portion of the schedule.

The Orioles will have the Yankees visit in early May and late August, and the Red Sox will be in town in late June, late July and late September. The Angels will play at Camden Yards in late April and mid-August and the Rangers will also visit twice, playing at Camden Yards in late April and early September.

Baltimore, meanwhile, will make two visits to Seattle (June 1-3 and July 6-8) and to play the Chicago White Sox (July 17-19 and August 21-23). The Orioles will play in Fenway Park in late April, late July and early September. Their second two visits to Yankee Stadium occur in late July and early September, giving them plenty of separation.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.