With Major League Baseball releasing tentative schedules on Wednesday, the Oakland Athletics now have a bit more certainty outside of their season-opening series in Tokyo.
After two exhibition games against Japanese sides on March 17 and 18, the A’s open the regular season with two games against the Seattle Mariners in the Tokyo Dome on March 20-21 (which will interrupt spring training).
Oakland will then return home for a March 24 exhibition with the San Francisco Giants, with two more exhibitions against San Francisco at AT&T Park scheduled for March 25 and 26.
From there, the A’s begin the regular season proper on March 28, when they host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at the Oakland Coliseum. That game will be just the third time in the last 42 years — and the second year in a row — that the A’s have begun the season with a day game for their home opener.
After four games with the Angels to begin the home slate, the A’s will host the Boston Red Sox for four, before heading on the road to face the Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers.
Oakland will face the National League Central in this year’s edition of interleague play, which means eight total home games versus the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, and St. Louis Cardinals. The A’s will also play the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates on the road.
The A’s and Giants will square off in their annual Battle of the Bay series, with the A’s traveling across the Bay on Aug. 13-14, and hosting the Giants on Aug. 24-25.
Oakland will be at home for three of the summer’s most popular holidays – Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and Independence Day. The team will host seven postgame fireworks shows, including Friday, May 10; Friday, June 14; Wednesday, July 3; Saturday, July 27; Saturday, Aug. 17; Saturday, Sept. 7; and Saturday, Sept. 21.
The 2019 Japan Opening Series will represent the fifth time that Major League Baseball has opened its season in Tokyo, with the A’s and Mariners participating in the most recent incarnation in 2012. They split the two games. Overall, 2019 will mark the third time the A’s have participated in the Japan Opening Series, as the team played host to and split two games with the Boston Red Sox in 2008.
The A’s have done away with traditional season tickets for 2019, and instead have instituted A’s Access — a membership program with parking, concession and other benefits and discounts.