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The A’s 2016 schedule was released Tuesday, and the Bay Bridge Series will go back to being a home-and-home block of four consecutive games against the Giants in June.
Oakland will open the season at home for the seventh year in a row, hosting the White Sox in a four-game series that begins April 4. Ten of the first 13 games will be at the Coliseum before the A’s embark on a 10-game road swing east to play the Yankees, Blue Jays and Tigers.
The Yankees will make their only trip to Oakland during a four-game weekend series from May 19-22, and the Boston Red Sox visit Sept. 2-4. The four-game series with the Giants takes place June 27-30, with the first two games at AT&T Park and the final two at the Coliseum, both at 7:05 p.m.
The A’s face the NL Central in the interleague portion of their schedule, hosting the Milwaukee Brewers (June 21-22), the Pittsburgh Pirates (July 1-3) and the Chicago Cubs (Aug. 5-7). The A’s travel to Milwaukee (June 7-8), Cincinnati (June 10-12) and St. Louis (Aug. 26-28).
They’ll make three three-city road trips before the All-Star break, but then will get two 10-game homestands coming out of the break. As usual, there are some head-scratching quirks in Oakland’s schedule, including three days off in an eight-day span in early June.
Just as it does this year, the 2016 season will conclude with a road trip to Anaheim and Seattle (Sept. 26-Oct. 2). The A’s will play at home on three holidays -- Memorial Day (against the Twins) and Father’s Day and Labor Day (both against the Angels).