Red Sox, Yankees Highlight 2011 Schedule

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Cubs will make their first interleague visit to play the Boston Red Sox and host the New York Yankees at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2003 during the 2011 season.

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Courtesy of Library of Congress.

Major League Baseball released its 2011 master schedule on Tuesday. The season will start on a Friday and conclude on a Wednesday.

The Cubs and Red Sox will meet in a three-game weekend series in Boston, May 20-22. The last time the Cubs played at Fenway was in Games 4-6 of the 1918 World Series. The Red Sox, led by left-handed pitcher Babe Ruth defeated the Cubs in six games. It was the last time that a home run was not hit during a Fall Classic and the nine runs scored by the Red Sox was the lowest series total for a winning team.

After next year's visit to Boston, the only remaining American League team to not have hosted the Cubs in interleague play will be the Oakland Athletics.

The Yankees will come to Wrigley Field for a three-game weekend series June 17-19. Their previous visit was a memorable one in 2003. The Cubs took two of three in the series that featured a memorable duel between Kerry Wood and Roger Clemens. A three-run homer by Eric Karros off Juan Acevedo in the seventh inning put the Cubs ahead to stay en route to a 5-2 come-from-behind victory.

The Cubs will open the season on Friday, April 1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs and White Sox will meet on the South Side, June 20-22 (Monday-Wednesday) and at Wrigley Field for a weekend set July 1-3.

The Cubs' other interleague series will be at Kansas City, June 24-26.

The Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals will meet at Wrigley Field May 10-12 (Tuesday-Thursday) and for a weekend series Aug. 19-21; and at Busch Stadium for weekend sets June 3-5, July 29-31, and Sept. 23-25.

The season will conclude with three games at San Diego, Sept. 26-28.

All gametimes and the television schedule will be released during the offseason.

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