If you're an Orioles fan, get ready for an earlier than usual beginning to the 2018 season.
The Orioles, who released their schedule Sept. 12, open the season at home against the Minnesota Twins March 29.
That's right, March 29.
Due to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team will receive four additional days off per season, and the season will begin four days earlier than it did this year. All teams will begin play March 29 and end Sept. 30.
Next season, the Orioles face the National League East in interleague play, and that means a pair of three-game series, home and away, with the Washington Nationals.
The Orioles will host the Nationals May 28-30, and visit Nationals Park June 19-21.
Besides the six games with the Nationals, they'll have four games with both the New York Mets (at New York June 5-6 and at home Aug. 14-15) and Philadelphia Phillies (at home May 15-16 and at Philadelphia July 3-4).
The Orioles are scheduled to host the Miami Marlins June 15-17 and make their first visit to the Atlanta Braves' SunTrust Park June 22-24.
Unlike the past three seasons, there will be no interleague play in September for the Orioles. Their last interleague game is scheduled for Aug. 15.
The Orioles will make four trips to New York, including three trips to play the Yankees. In 2015, the Orioles had a six-day trip to New York to play both the Mets and Yankees, but that won't be repeated in 2018.
For the third time in five years, the Orioles will play the Red Sox in Boston on Patriots' Day, April 16. That's a traditional 11 a.m. start, although game times have yet to be announced.
In 2017, the Orioles made a West Coast trip to Los Angeles (against the Angels), Oakland and Seattle. Next season, the Orioles will make two trips to the West Coast -- at the Angels and Oakland Athletics May 1-6, and at the Seattle Mariners Sept. 3-5.
The Seattle trip will be part of a challenging three-city trip that begins in Kansas City (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) and ends at Tampa Bay (Sept. 7-9).
The Orioles' longest home stand occurs early in the season when they host the Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit Tigers for 10 games April 20-29.
Their longest road trip is also 10 games, at Boston, the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay (May 18-27).
The Orioles will play at home on Memorial Day, May 28, against the Nationals, but will be away for both July 4 (Philadelphia) and Labor Day (Sept. 3 at Seattle).
The Orioles will close the season at home against Houston (Sept. 27-30). The Orioles' first road series of 2018 also is scheduled to be against the Astros (April 2-4).
The Orioles will host the Texas Rangers in the final series before the All-Star break (July 13-15), and after the All-Star Game, which will be played at Nationals Park July 17, they'll begin second-half play at the Toronto Blue Jays July 20.
The Yankees won't make their first visit to Baltimore until May 31-June 3, and the Red Sox don't come to Oriole Park until June 11-13.
Because of the new CBA, there are likely to be more weekday afternoon games on getaway days in 2018.