ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will open the 2012 season at home against the White Sox at the Ballpark in Arlington. Opening Day for the Rangers has been scheduled for April 6 according to the 2012 Major League schedule released on Wednesday. Game times have not been set, but the Rangers will open on a Friday for a three-game series with Chicago. The Mariners follow the White Sox for a four-game series to complete the first homestand of the 2012 season. Other highlights of the schedule include visits by the D-backs and Rockies for Interleague Play. The Rangers will also face the Giants and the Padres on the road.
The Rangers will renew their Lone Star Series rivalry with the Astros on May 18-20 at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Astros will then come to Arlington for a weekend series June 15-17. Texas has won the Silver Boot Trophy five straight seasons. The Rangers and the Giants will face each other on June 8-10 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. This will be their first regular-season meeting since they faced each other in the 2010 World Series, but also involves the two teams that played the first Interleague game back in 1997. The D-backs will arrive at the Ballpark in Arlington on June 12-14. This will be their fifth Interleague visit to Arlington, and the first since 2006. The Rangers played in Arizona in '09 and are 15-7 overall against the D-backs since Interleague Play began in 1997. Texas will be make its first trip to San Diego since 2001. It plays the Padres on June 18-20 at Petco Park. The Rockies come to visit June 22-24. This will be their first trip to Arlington since 2001. The two teams haven't played each other since '06; the Rangers are 9-10 against Colorado. The home schedule also includes one trip each for the Yankees and the Red Sox. The Yankees are at the Ballpark on April 23-25, and the Red Sox come on July 23-25. The Rangers make two trips to Boston and one to New York for a four-game series on Aug. 13-16 at Yankee Stadium. The Rangers end the season with a three-game series with the Athletics on Oct. 1-3 in Oakland.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.