HOUSTON, TX -- Start times for the Astros 2014 regular season games have been released today in conjunction with Major League Baseball's release of the master schedule for all 30 clubs.
The Astros will open the 2014 championship season with a 6:10 p.m. game vs. the New York Yankees on Tuesday, April 1 at Minute Maid Park in the first of a three-game series. It will mark the first time in franchise history that the Astros have opened the regular season vs. the Yankees. Over the years, Houston has hosted the Yankees in two significant exhibition games, the first being the first game ever played in the Astrodome (April 9, 1965), and the second being the first game at Minute Maid Park (March 30, 2000). The Astros also hosted the Yankees in the final series of the 2013 season (Sept. 27-29).
The Astros will host many attractive opponents in 2014 featuring the top stars in baseball. Houston will host their intrastate rivals, the Texas Rangers, for 10 games this season, with the first matchup being a three-game set from May 12-14. The Rangers will return in August for a pair of weekend series, a three-gamer from Aug. 8-10 and a four-game set from Aug. 28-31.
On the weekend before the All-Star Break, July 11-13, the Astros will play three games at Minute Maid Park against the defending champion Boston Red Sox. Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and the AL West Division-rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will visit Minute Maid Park three times, including stops in April (4-7) and June (3-5). The Astros will also host Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners for three separate series as well. Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals will be in Houston for two games, April 29-30, and two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera, Cy Young Award Winner Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers will visit Minute Maid Park for three games, June 27-29.
Season Tickets, Group Tickets, and Individual Game Suite Rentals are on-sale now for the 2014 season. Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Astros ticket sales office at 1-800-Astros2 or by visiting www.astros.com/tickets. As always, the Astros 2014 schedule will be filled with several promotional events and popular giveaway items. Information on promotions and the on-sale date for 2014 Astros individual tickets will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Schedule and times are subject to change by Major League Baseball.
BIG LEAGUE WEEKEND IN SAN ANTONIO
Fans will have the unique opportunity to catch exhibition games at the iconic Alomodome in San Antonio, TX, as the Astros take on the rival Texas Rangers as part of the H-E-B Big League Weekend, March 28-29. Over 75,000 fans packed the Alamodome in 2013 when the Rangers hosted the San Diego Padres for two games in what was the first baseball event in the building's 20-year-history. For ticket information, visit www.bigleagueweekend.com.
ASTROS TO HOST VERACRUZ IN HISTORIC SERIES
The Astros will host the Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz (Veracruz Red Eagle) from the Mexican Baseball League for two exhibition games at Minute Maid Park, March 29-30. This will mark the first time that Veracruz has played a Major League team in a Major League stadium, and the first time that the Astros have hosted a club from the Mexican League. For ticket information, call the Astros ticket sales office at 1-800-Astros2 or visit www.astros.com/tickets.