09/14/11 10:00 AM ET
Beasts of AL East highlight Braves' 2012 slate
By Chris Cox / MLB.com
The 2012 schedule was announced Wednesday morning, and the Yankees' visit to Atlanta highlights the schedule. The Braves will play host to New York from June 11-13 before heading to Yankee Stadium on June 18-20. From there, Atlanta will head to Boston on June 22 for a three-game series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Opening Day will take place at Citi Field on April 5 against the Mets. That series begins a six-game road trip to start the season for the Braves, who travel to Houston before returning to Atlanta. The home opener will take place on April 13 at 7:35 p.m. ET against the Brewers.
The Braves will square off with division rival Philadelphia for the first time at Turner Field on May 1, and the two clubs won't face each other again until the final series of the first half. That three-game set will take place July 6-8 at Citizens Bank Park.
The Braves will play 46 games against division opponents after the All-Star break, compared to 26 in the first half. Sixteen of the first 19 games after the break will come against division foes. The Braves will also play 15 straight games within the NL East from Sept. 14-30.
Interleague Play will officially begin for the Braves on May 18, when the club travels to St. Petersburg to take on the Rays at Tropicana Field. The first American League team to visit Atlanta will be the Blue Jays from June 8-10. Toronto will be making the trip to Turner Field for the second consecutive season. The Orioles are the fifth and final club that rounds out the Interleague schedule.
The Braves will once again play at home on both Memorial Day and July 4. Atlanta will begin a series with the Cardinals at Turner Field on May 28, while the Cubs will be in town on Independence Day.
The two longest road trips the Braves will make next season come in May and August. The Braves play nine games from May 4-13 in Colorado, Chicago and St. Louis, before traveling to Washington, San Francisco and San Diego for 10 games from Aug. 20-29.
The Braves will also have a pair of 10-game homestands in 2012, with the first coming from June 26-July 5 against the D-backs, Nationals and Cubs. The second comes from July 27-Aug. 5 against the Phillies, Marlins and Astros.
The regular season will draw to a close on Oct. 3, when the Braves wrap up a three-game series with the Pirates at PNC Park.
Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.