13 September, 2017
It's the earliest start for a Red Sox season since the team opened the 2008 season in Japan.
"Everything right now points to us going there", Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Boston released its full 2018 schedule today (see below).
The Rays are flying back to the Tampa Bay area following Wednesday's game in NY, giving their players and staff a much-wanted opportunity to check on their homes after Hurricane Irma passed through, and expecting to play the Red Sox this weekend at Tropicana Field as planned.
Their interleague schedule will be against the NL East with the Braves, Marlins Phllies, and Mets all making trips to Fenway Park.
The Red Sox will close out the 2018 regular season with a six-game homestand at Fenway Park, with their final three games against the Yankees.
The Red Sox will play home games on Patriots Day, Monday, April 16, and Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, facing the Orioles and Blue Jays, respectively. The Red Sox will travel to Yankee Stadium May 8-10, June 29-July 1, and September 18-20. The final day of the regular season is set for September 30. It seems as if Major League Baseball is trying to make up for robbing us of high-intensity Red Sox/Yankees games down the stretch this season with the two teams playing six times in their final 12 games of 2018.
Regardless of how 2017 shapes up for the Sox, the good news is that hope will spring eternal once more come March of 2018 when either Eduardo Nunez, Dustin Pedroia or Mookie Betts steps into the box to face Chris Archer at the Trop.