CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The 2016 edition of the Cleveland Indians is fighting for a division title and possible playoff spot.
Will the 2017 version of the Tribe be raising a Central Division flag when they open up the home portion of next year’s schedule? Or perhaps, will Cleveland have even more to celebrate?
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The Indians will begin their potential defense of the American League Central Division crown on Monday, April 3, as Cleveland is scheduled to begin the 2017 campaign in Arlington with a three-game series against the Texas Rangers.
After traveling to Arizona for a three-game, interleague matchup against the Diamondbacks, the Tribe will open up Progressive Field with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox beginning on April 11.
Here are some other highlights of the Indians’ 2017 schedule, which was announced on Wednesday by Major League Baseball:
• The Indians’ fewest games at home come in April (12) and July (12). Cleveland will play 16 games at Progressive Field in September.
• The Tribe will play a home-and-home series against the Cincinnati Reds from May 22-25.
• The San Diego Padres will travel to Progressive Field for a three-game, interleague series from July 4-6.
• Cleveland will travel to San Francisco to battle the Giants on July 17-19.
• The Colorado Rockies, after the Indians’ trip to Coors Field from June 6-7, journey to Cleveland for a brief two-game series on August 15-16.
• The New York Yankees (Aug. 3-6) and Boston Red Sox’s (Aug. 21-24) only trips to Progressive Field will take place in August.
• The Tribe has one 10-game homestand: Sept. 8-17 (vs. Orioles, Tigers, Royals).
• 20 of the Indians’ 29 final games will be against AL Central opponents.
• Cleveland will close out the 2017 schedule with six straight division games vs. Minnesota and Chicago at home.
Meanwhile, the 2016 Indians currently hold a six-game lead in the AL Central over the Detroit Tigers with 18 games remaining in the regular season. Cleveland’s magic number is currently 13.