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Indians' 2020 schedule opens at home vs. Detroit

By JOE NOGA • Updated Aug 12, 2019 at 4:10 PM

CLEVELAND — Major League Baseball revealed its schedule for the 2020 season and the Cleveland Indians will open at home against the Detroit Tigers on March 26.

Cleveland’s 120th season as a charter member of the American League includes interleague home dates against the Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks — including Western Reserve graduate and relief pitcher Andrew Chafin — as well as matchups with Houston and Minnesota right before the All-Star Break in mid-July.

The Indians will play home dates at Progressive Field for the 26th season, opening with a six-game homestand against the Tigers and White Sox that has five home games set during the potentially messy weather month of March.

This season, the Tribe opened in Minnesota in late-March where the starting temperature was 49 degrees for the opener and 34 degrees for the next two contests. When the club got to Cleveland in early April, starting temperatures hovered around the low 40s for many of the games.

The March 26 opener is the earliest date for a home game in Indians history. Meanwhile, the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles are the only other northern teams that will open their seasons with six consecutive home games. According to weatherspark.com, the average late-March temperature in New York is 39, while Baltimore is 43 and Cleveland 34.

The Indians get 15 home games in May, more than any other month on the schedule, and play 14 road games in both June and August.

Cleveland’s longest homestand of the year will take place Sept. 8-16 against the Twins, Los Angeles Angels and Tigers. There are a pair of nine-game, 10-day road trips: one June 5-14 (Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers) and another July 17-26 (Toronto Blue Jays, Tigers, Houston Astros).

The Tribe will be home for the Fourth of July holiday for the first time since 2017, when it takes on division rival Minnesota. Summer weekend opponents include the White Sox, Twins, Royals, Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees.

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