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Red Sox Release 2011 Schedule

The Red Sox have released their schedule for next season. Let's take a look at some of the highlights.

Boston will open the season on the road on April 1 against the Rangers, giving the Sox some warm weather to start the year before they head right back north to Cleveland. The Sox will once again open Fenway with a set against the Yankees, and then segue right into a series against Tampa Bay. Talk about some early AL East action!

The first West Coast road trip comes right after the first homestand, as the Sox visit LA and Oakland from April 19-24. They don't head out there again until mid-August, and then just for a quick series against Seattle.

The last 30 days of the season include six games against the Yankees, and seven against the Rays, so any close race in the East will be up-for-grabs.

It looks like a relatively easier NL schedule this year, though obviously that can change over the next few months. The Sox will play host to the Cubs, Milwaukee, and San Diego before hitting the road to take on Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Houston.

The Sox have an 11-day homestand from April 30 through May 9, and a pair of 10-day road trips from June 7 - June 16, and the aforementioned run against the National League.

And here's all your Yankees and Rays games:

Yankees: vs. April 8-10, @ May 13-15, @ June 7-9, vs. August 5-7, vs. August 30-September 1, @ September 23-25

Rays: vs. April 11-13, @ June 14-16, @ July 15-17, vs. August 16-17, @September 9-11, vs. September 15-18