The Los Angeles Dodgers will open the coronavirus-delayed season July 23 against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium, Major League Baseball announced Monday.
The scheduled 7:08 p.m. game — one of two to be played on that date — will follow a 4:08 p.m. interleague game between the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals and New York Yankees. Both games will be televised exclusively by ESPN.
Government directives prohibiting large gatherings bar fans from attending games at Dodger Stadium at the start of the season. The Dodgers said in a statement they remain optimistic, and should circumstances change to allow fans at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers will announce a ticketing policy at that time.
The Dodgers are providing ticketholders with an account credit for 2020 tickets, parking and All-Star Week events, which along with a 10% bonus credit that can be applied toward tickets and prepaid parking through the 2021 season. More information will be sent to ticketholders shortly, including instructions on how to request a refund.
The Dodgers’ 60-game schedule includes four games against the Houston Astros — July 28-29 at Houston’s Minute Maid Park and Sept. 12-13 at Dodger Stadium — in a rematch of the 2017 World Series won by the Astros in seven games.
MLB concluded in January that Houston cheated during the 2017 season by using a camera to steal signs being relayed from opposing catchers to pitchers, then tipping off Astros batters about what type of pitch was about to be thrown.
The Dodgers’ 60-game schedule consists of 40 games against National League West teams and 20 against American League West teams. The other interleague games at Dodger Stadium will be against the Seattle Mariners Aug. 17-18, Oakland Athletics on Sept. 22-24 and the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 25-27.
The series against the Angels will conclude the regular season.
The Dodgers are also scheduled to play exhibition games at Dodger Stadium July 19-20 against the Arizona Diamondbacks and July 21 against the Angels.
Major League Baseball plans to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Aug. 28, the date of the March on Washington in 1963, as well as the date in 1945 when Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey met with Robinson to discuss his future in MLB.
The new date is representative of both Robinson’s journey to break the color barrier and his life as a civil rights activist. Jackie Robinson Day is customarily celebrated on April 15, the anniversary of his breaking MLB’s color line in 1947.
The Dodgers will be playing the Texas Rangers in Arlington on Aug. 28.