Brewers open '10 at home, then open Wrigley

V2A6rfeH.jpgFor the first time since 2007, the Brewers will get to open their season in front of the home fans.
 
Milwaukee will begin next season with a six-game homestand against the Rockies and Cardinals, according to the schedule released by Major League Baseball on Tuesday. Opening Day is Monday, April 5, at Miller Park. The first regular season pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. CT.
 
The schedule for all 30 teams was unveiled en masse for the second straight year, and Brewers highlights include a trio of home series against the cross-border Cubs, plus Interleague series at Miller Park against the Rangers and Mariners, in addition to the usual matchup against the Twins. Milwaukee will also host the Tigers for a pair of preseason exhibition games, on Friday, April 2 at 7:10 p.m. CT and on Saturday, April 3 at 1:10 p.m.
 
On the road, the Brewers’ Interleague slate features games at Minnesota from May 21-23 and at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from June 15-17.
 
The Brewers will host the Cubs three times, from April 23-25, June 8-10 and Sept. 10-12. They travel to Wrigley Field just twice, from April 12-15  for the season-opening series at Wrigley Field, plus Aug. 2-4.
 
Six of those home contests against the Cubs are subject to “marquee game” pricing. The Brewers announced that the slate of marquee games includes Opening Day, plus June 8-10 and Sept. 10-12 against the Cubs and June 22-24 against the Twins.
 
The team is moving the start of home games five minutes, to 10 minutes after the hour, to accommodate additional radio and television advertising. That means weekday night games will begin at 7:10 p.m. CT while weekday day games will start at 12:10 p.m. in April and May — excluding Opening Day — and 1:10 p.m. in June, July, August and September.  Saturday games will start at 6:10 p.m.  All Sunday home games are scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m.
 
The Brewers face several long road trips, including one stretch in April and May in which they play 19 of 25 games away from Miller Park. It starts with a nine-game, 11-day junket to Chicago, Washington and Pittsburgh from April 12-22. After a homestand against the Cubs and Pirates, the Brewers head back on the road for a nine-game, 10-day trip to San Diego, Los Angeles and Arizona from April 29-May 9.
 
May also includes a hectic trip through Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Minnesota in which the team plays seven games in seven days.
 
For a quirky week, try the span from Aug. 16-23, when the Brewers have three off-days in the span of eight days. They don’t play on either end of a two-game series in St. Louis on Aug. 17-18, then return to host the Padres for a weekend series from Aug. 20-22 before another day off.
 
For the second straight year, the Brewers will finish the season on the road. This time, it’s a four-game series in New York against the Mets from Sept. 27-30 followed by the regular-season finale in Cincinnati from Oct. 1-3.
 
Information about Miller Park ticket prices and availability of season plans and individual tickets will be announced at a later date. Typically, the Brewers begin selling tickets to individual games in February.

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