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SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants open next season at Arizona, they finish at home with Colorado and they will tangle with the American League West again during interleague play, according to the 2015 tentative schedule released on Monday.
They’re also going to see a bit more of the A’s – six games instead of four – than they have in each of the last two summers.
For the second consecutive season, the Giants will train for six weeks in Arizona only to have opening day just down the road at Chase Field. The April 6 season opener kicks off a seven-game trip against the Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres, after which the Giants will drag out the bunting for an April 13 home lid lifter with the Rockies at AT&T Park.
As per custom, the Giants’ first 23 games will be against NL West rivals.
The Giants have home interleague series against the Los Angeles Angels on May 1-3; the Seattle Mariners on June 15-16; and the Houston Astros on Aug. 11-12. They travel for interleague series at Houston on May 12-13; at Seattle on June 16-17; and at Texas on July 31-Aug. 2.
The series against the Rangers will start the Giants’ most grueling stretch of the season, when they’ll play 27 of 39 games on the road. The rugged stretch begins and ends with 10-game, three-city trips (first to Texas, Atlanta and the Chicago Cubs; then to Los Angeles, Colorado and Arizona).
Of course, the A’s remain on the Giants’ interleague schedule as well, with two significant wrinkles. First, the Bay Bridge series expands back from four games to six. The Giants will play host to the A’s July 24-26. The second wrinkle is that the Giants won’t play their regular-season series at the Coliseum until Sept. 25-27 – in the final push of the pennant race, with just seven games remaining after that.
The Giants have to be a bit wary of that arrangement, considering they are 0-4 at Oakland over the past two seasons and just 2-11 dating back to 2010.