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The Tigers open their season against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, April 5.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Fans of the designated hitter rule, look away. Major League Baseball released its 2016 schedule on Tuesday, and the Detroit Tigers will begin and end the season in National League parks. They are slated to open their schedule against the Miami Marlins in Marlins Park on Tuesday, April 5, one day after 26 other teams begin their season on April 4.

The Tigers, who will face off against the National League East in interleague play, will also close their season without a designated hitter. They will play a three game series with the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field from September 30 to October 2 to conclude the regular season. The regular season finale on October 2 will be the final regular season game at Turner Field, as the Braves are currently scheduled to open SunTrust Park in Cobb County in 2017.

There are a few other interesting quirks as well. The Tigers make two separate trips out to the west coast: one in late May against the Athletics and Angels, and one to Seattle and Texas in early August. The Tigers also have an 11-game road trip leading up to the All-Star break.

Highlights include:

  • The home opener against the New York Yankees on Friday, April 8.
  • A home-and-home series with the Pittsburgh Pirates from April 11-14.
  • A three-game series at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. from May 9-11. Fans in the D.C. area will get a whole week's worth of Tigers action, with a four-game series in Baltimore immediately following the series against the Nationals.
  • An 11-game road trip against the Rays, Indians, and Blue Jays leading up to the All-Star break.
  • Home series against the Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, and New York Mets.
  • Seven off days scheduled after the All-Star break, which seems advantageous.
  • A three-game series against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field to close the regular season.

As MLB has done in recent years, the divisional schedule is backloaded. Twenty five of the Tigers' final 31 games will be against AL Central opponents. The All-Star Game will be played at Petco Park in San Diego on Tuesday, July 12.

Date Day Team
April 5 Tuesday @ Marlins
April 6 Wednesday @ Marlins
April 7 Thursday OFF
April 8 Friday vs. Yankees
April 9 Saturday vs. Yankees
April 10 Sunday vs. Yankees
April 11 Monday vs. Pirates
April 12 Tuesday vs. Pirates
April 13 Wednesday @ Pirates
April 14 Thursday @ Pirates
April 15 Friday @ Astros
April 16 Saturday @ Astros
April 17 Sunday @ Astros
April 18 Monday OFF
April 19 Tuesday @ Royals
April 20 Wednesday @ Royals
April 21 Thursday @ Royals
April 22 Friday vs. Indians
April 23 Saturday vs. Indians
April 24 Sunday vs. Indians
April 25 Monday vs. Athletics
April 26 Tuesday vs. Athletics
April 27 Wednesday vs. Athletics
April 28 Thursday vs. Athletics
April 29 Friday @ Twins
April 30 Saturday @ Twins
May 1 Sunday @ Twins
May 2 Monday OFF
May 3 Tuesday @ Indians
May 4 Wednesday @ Indians
May 5 Thursday @ Indians
May 6 Friday vs. Rangers
May 7 Saturday vs. Rangers
May 8 Sunday vs. Rangers
May 9 Monday @ Nationals
May 10 Tuesday @ Nationals
May 11 Wednesday @ Nationals
May 12 Thursday @ Orioles
May 13 Friday @ Orioles
May 14 Saturday @ Orioles
May 15 Sunday @ Orioles
May 16 Monday vs. Twins
May 17 Tuesday vs. Twins
May 18 Wednesday vs. Twins
May 19 Thursday OFF
May 20 Friday vs. Rays
May 21 Saturday vs. Rays
May 22 Sunday vs. Rays
May 23 Monday vs. Phillies
May 24 Tuesday vs. Phillies
May 25 Wednesday vs. Phillies
May 26 Thursday OFF
May 27 Friday @ Athletics
May 28 Saturday @ Athletics
May 29 Sunday @ Athletics
May 30 Monday @ Angels
May 31 Tuesday @ Angels
June 1 Wednesday @ Angels
June 2 Thursday OFF
June 3 Friday vs. White Sox
June 4 Saturday vs. White Sox
June 5 Sunday vs. White Sox
June 6 Monday vs. Blue Jays
June 7 Tuesday vs. Blue Jays
June 8 Wednesday vs. Blue Jays
June 9 Thursday OFF
June 10 Friday @ Yankees
June 11 Saturday @ Yankees
June 12 Sunday @ Yankees
June 13 Monday @ White Sox
June 14 Tuesday @ White Sox
June 15 Wednesday @ White Sox
June 16 Thursday @ Royals
June 17 Friday @ Royals
June 18 Saturday @ Royals
June 19 Sunday @ Royals
June 20 Monday vs. Mariners
June 21 Tuesday vs. Mariners
June 22 Wednesday vs. Mariners
June 23 Thursday vs. Mariners
June 24 Friday vs. Indians
June 25 Saturday vs. Indians
June 26 Sunday vs. Indians
June 27 Monday OFF
June 28 Tuesday vs. Marlins
June 29 Wednesday vs. Marlins
June 30 Thursday @ Rays
July 1 Friday @ Rays
July 2 Saturday @ Rays
July 3 Sunday @ Rays
July 4 Monday @ Indians
July 5 Tuesday @ Indians
July 6 Wednesday @ Indians
July 7 Thursday @ Blue Jays
July 8 Friday @ Blue Jays
July 9 Saturday @ Blue Jays
July 10 Sunday @ Blue Jays
ALL-STAR BREAK
July 15 Friday vs. Royals
July 16 Saturday vs. Royals
July 17 Sunday vs. Royals
July 18 Monday vs. Twins
July 19 Tuesday vs. Twins
July 20 Wednesday vs. Twins
July 21 Thursday @ White Sox
July 22 Friday @ White Sox
July 23 Saturday @ White Sox
July 24 Sunday @ White Sox
July 25 Monday @ Red Sox
July 26 Tuesday @ Red Sox
July 27 Wednesday @ Red Sox
July 28 Thursday OFF
July 29 Friday vs. Astros
July 30 Saturday vs. Astros
July 31 Sunday vs. Astros
August 1 Monday OFF
August 2 Tuesday vs. White Sox
August 3 Wednesday vs. White Sox
August 4 Thursday vs. White Sox
August 5 Friday vs. Mets
August 6 Saturday vs. Mets
August 7 Sunday vs. Mets
August 8 Monday @ Mariners
August 9 Tuesday @ Mariners
August 10 Wednesday @ Mariners
August 11 Thursday OFF
August 12 Friday @ Rangers
August 13 Saturday @ Rangers
August 14 Sunday @ Rangers
August 15 Monday vs. Royals
August 16 Tuesday vs. Royals
August 17 Wednesday vs. Royals
August 18 Thursday vs. Red Sox
August 19 Friday vs. Red Sox
August 20 Saturday vs. Red Sox
August 21 Sunday vs. Red Sox
August 22 Monday OFF
August 23 Tuesday @ Twins
August 24 Wednesday @ Twins
August 25 Thursday @ Twins
August 26 Friday vs. Angels
August 27 Saturday vs. Angels
August 28 Sunday vs. Angels
August 29 Monday vs. White Sox
August 30 Tuesday vs. White Sox
August 31 Wednesday vs. White Sox
September 1 Thursday OFF
September 2 Friday @ Royals
September 3 Saturday @ Royals
September 4 Sunday @ Royals
September 5 Monday @ White Sox
September 6 Tuesday @ White Sox
September 7 Wednesday @ White Sox
September 8 Thursday OFF
September 9 Friday vs. Orioles
September 10 Saturday vs. Orioles
September 11 Sunday vs. Orioles
September 12 Monday vs. Twins
September 13 Tuesday vs. Twins
September 14 Wednesday vs. Twins
September 15 Thursday vs. Twins
September 16 Friday @ Indians
September 17 Saturday @ Indians
September 18 Sunday @ Indians
September 19 Monday OFF
September 20 Tuesday @ Twins
September 21 Wednesday @ Twins
September 22 Thursday @ Twins
September 23 Friday @ Royals
September 24 Saturday @ Royals
September 25 Sunday @ Royals
September 26 Monday vs. Indians
September 27 Tuesday vs. Indians
September 28 Wednesday vs. Indians
September 29 Thursday vs. Indians
September 30 Friday @ Braves
October 1 Saturday @ Braves
October 2 Sunday @ Braves