Detroit Tigers' 2014 schedule announced

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The Tigers open and close against the Al Central and take on the NL West in the middle in 2014

If the Dodgers and Tigers meet in the World Series this fall, you won't have to wait long for a rematch. The 2014 MLB and Detroit Tigers schedule has been announced, and Los Angeles and the rest of the NL West are the featured opponent in 2014 interleague play.

Detroit opens the season at home on March 31 against the Royals before hosting the Orioles in early April. The Tigers then head west for the first half of a four-game season-series against the Dodgers, April 8-9. They'll be in San Diego for three games that weekend before heading back east.

NL West competition picks up again in July when the Dodgers visit Detroit for the first time since 2008, on July 8-9.  After the All-Star Game (July 15 in Minnesota). Detroit heads west to face the Arizona Diamondbacks (and presumably former Tigers turned coach and manager duo, Alan Trammell and Kirk Gibson). In August, the Rockies head to Detroit before a home-and-home series against the Jim-Leyland-Rival Pittsburgh Pirates. Finally, the Giants head to Detroit in early September to close out interleague play. The Tigers host the Twins for the final series of the year with the last regular-season games set for Sept. 28.

Other schedule notes:

-- Unlike this season, the Tigers face each of their division opponents at least one series in April.

-- Detroit heads to the West Coast three times. First in April, then late May to face the A's and Mariners, then after the All-Star game for the D-backs and Angels.

-- Sixteen of the team's final 26 games are at home, including the final seven.

-- Only three games after Aug. 28 (the Giants series) are played outside the Central Division.

-- Detroit's on the road for a 10-day trip from late April through early May, another 10 day trip in mid-May and then a 7-day swing to the West Coast. That's a pretty brutal schedule. They're on the road again for 11 days in June. They also have a nine-day trip in August.

-- The Tigers have a 10-day homestand in April, a nine-day homestand in early July and a 10-day homestand in September.

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