Dodgers open '12 on road before Stadium fete

Dodgers open '12 on road before Stadium fete

Dodgers open '12 on road before Stadium fete
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers open the 2012 regular season in San Diego against the Padres with a four-game series starting on Thursday, April 5, according to the tentative schedule released on Wednesday by Major League Baseball.

In Interleague Play, the Dodgers will play the American League West and the Chicago White Sox in uninterrupted play from June 8-24. The Dodgers start that stretch traveling to Seattle (the first time since 1998) for a series June 8-10; hosting the Angels June 11-13; hosting the White Sox June 15-17; visiting Oakland June 19-21; then playing in Anaheim June 22-24.

Among the early highlights of the schedule will be April 10 against Pittsburgh at home, the 50th anniversary of the first game played at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers first played at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, April 10, 1962, against the Cincinnati Reds. The starting lineup that day consisted of Maury Wills, Jim Gilliam, Wally Moon, Duke Snider, Johnny Roseboro, Ron Fairly, Daryl Spencer, Willie Davis and Johnny Podres. The Dodgers lost that game, 6-3.

Another highlight comes April 15, which marks the celebration of Jackie Robinson Day at home against the Padres. The Dodgers, being the only team for which Robinson played, traditionally request and receive a home game on the date marking his Major League debut.

The Dodgers also will play at home on Mother's Day (May 13 against Colorado), Memorial Day (May 28 against Milwaukee), Father's Day (June 17 against the White Sox), the Fourth of July (against Cincinnati) and Labor Day (Sept. 3 against the Padres).

The longest homestand for the Dodgers will be nine games, July 30-Aug. 8, against the D-backs, Cubs and Rockies. There will be two trips of 10 games each: June 1-10 (Colorado, Philadelphia, Seattle) and July 20-29 (New York Mets, St. Louis, San Francisco).

The regular season ends with a six-game homestand, three each against Colorado and San Francisco, with the final game being played on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.