A portion of the San Diego Padres 2015 season schedule. Photo credit: padres.mlblogs.com

The San Diego Padres will open and close next year’s Major League Baseball season with a pair of three-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, according to the 2015 schedule released Monday.

The regular season will begin Monday, April 6, in Los Angeles and finish Sunday, Oct. 4, at Dodger Stadium.

The home opener next season will be Thursday, April 9, as the San Francisco Giants come to Petco Park for a four-game set. The Padres have the full schedule on their website.

Inter-league competition will feature teams from the American League West, with the Padres welcoming the Athletics, Mariners and Rangers to Petco Park. They will face the Angels in Anaheim in the last week of May.

Another American League highlight will be when the team hosts the Houston Astros for the first time since the Astros make their shift to a new league. That takes place Aug. 27-29.

The Padres will have to deal with what could be a brutal stretch in June and early July, in which they will be on the road for 25 of 35 contests leading up to the All-Star break, against the likes of Atlanta, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis and Pittsburgh, among others. All those clubs are contending for playoff positions this season.

For those making season ticket plans who find weekend games easier to attend, these will be some of the Padres’ weekend opponents at home:

  • Colorado, twice; April 9-12 and July 17-19
  • Arizona, twice, June 26-28 and Sept. 25-27
  • Washington, May 14-17,
  • Pittsburgh May 28-31,
  • Miami July 23-26,
  • Philadelphia, Aug.7-9
  • St. Louis, Aug. 21-23

If the Friars survive and are in the playoff race late next season, the Padres will enjoy a pair of nine-game homestands in September – the second one leading to the regular season-ending series in L.A.

This season, the Padres have a 66-76 record and are in the midst of a five-game losing streak. The team has fallen to 14 and 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the National League West race.

– City News Service

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