MLB releases 2016 schedule; Padres to visit Blue Jays for first time

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Major League Baseball released the tentative schedule for the 2016 regular season on Tuesday, revealing that season will start on April 3 with a to-be-announced matchup on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.”

The first Monday of the season, April 4, will feature 13 Opening Day games, including the usual opener at the Cincinnati Reds’ Great American Ball Park and six divisional matchups.

With the 2016 season also marking the 20th anniversary of the introduction of interleague play, the Royals and New York Mets will play in Kansas City on Opening Day. Another interleague highlight: the San Diego Padres will visit the Toronto Blue Jays from July 25–27, eliminating the only location-specific interleague matchup that had not occurred since its introduction in 1997.

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The Padres will also host the All-Star Game at PETCO Park on July 12.

Regular-season play will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 2. Other important dates for the 2016 season include Jackie Robinson Day on April 15 and the first day of the 2016 MLB Draft on June 9.

The complete 2016 MLB schedule can be viewed here.

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