9/10/2013 1:04 P.M. ET
Royals announce 2014 regular season schedule
Hope opener slated for April 4 vs. White Sox
By / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY, MO (September 10, 2013) - In conjunction with Major League Baseball, the Kansas City Royals announced their 2014 regular season schedule today. Opening Day is slated for Monday, March 31 when the Royals visit the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. This marks the seventh time in franchise history that KC has opened against Detroit (also in 1980, 1982, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010). The Royals will begin their home schedule on Friday, April 4 vs. the Chicago White Sox. Game times will be announced at a later date. KC and every other Major League club will play 19 games against each divisional opponent, consisting of 76 division games total.
The Royals will play 20 Interleague contests over eight series, four at home and four on the road. Kansas City will face I-70 rival, the St. Louis Cardinals, in back-to-back two-game series spanning both cities from June 2-5, with KC visiting St. Louis June 2-3 and the Cardinals returning the trip June 4-5. KC will also host Interleague matchups against Colorado (May 13-14), the Los Angeles Dodgers (June 23-25) and San Francisco (August 8-10). The Dodgers will be making their first trip to Kansas City since 2005, when the Royals swept L.A. in a three-game series. The Giants last visited Kauffman Stadium in 2008, while the Rockies have played here as recently as 2011. KC's road Interleague schedule includes trips to San Diego (May 5-7), Arizona (August 5-7) and Colorado (August 19-20).
After playing four holiday dates at home in 2013, KC will have two holiday home games in 2014. The Royals host the Houston Astros on Memorial Day (May 26) and the Texas Rangers on Labor Day (September 1). The club will be in Seattle on Mother's Day (May 11), at the White Sox on Father's Day (June 15) and in Cleveland on July 4.
The Royals' month-by-month home game totals are: April - 11; May - 16; June - 17; July - 11; August - 13; September - 13. KC will host just one 10-game homestand, from September 11-21 with an off-day scheduled for September 18. The club has two nine-game trips, June 30-July 9 with stops in Minneapolis, Cleveland and Tampa Bay, as well as August 15-24 with a four-game set at Minnesota, two games at Colorado and three at Texas.
In addition to the regular season schedule, Kansas City announced that it will play the Milwaukee Brewers in a two-game exhibition series at Miller Park on March 28-29.
The complete 2014 schedule is attached. The game dates are subject to change.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.