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White Sox 2016 schedule announced

Crosstown series with Cubs reduced to consecutive two-game sets, both on weekdays

One of these years, you're going to get mad at me for talking about the White Sox' 2016 schedule with three-plus weeks of the season remaining.

This is not one of those years.

The White Sox' shot at redemption in 2016 starts in Oakland on April 4, which would normally be worth grimaces and groans had the Sox not just swept the A's at that coliseum out there for the first time in 17 years.

Among the other things one first looks for when assessing a schedule:

Crosstown series: The Sox-Cubs series is back to being a pair of consecutive two-game series during the week, which is a dumb way to do it. The White Sox visit Wrigley on July 25-26, then host the Cubs on July 27-28.

Interleague play: The White Sox take on the NL East, with road series against the Mets, Marlins and Philles.

Imbalanced schedule: The White Sox only have one divisional series through the first 6½ weeks of the season. They make up that ground toward the end of the year. Starting Aug. 29, the Sox play six consecutive series -- and 26 of their last 32 games -- against AL Central opponents.

Worst road trip: There don't appear to be any truly brutal swings thanks to well-placed off days.

In other scheduling news, the White Sox announced that next year's SoxFest will be held at the Hilton Chicago on the weekend of Jan. 29-31.