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2021 White Sox schedule: Doubling down on the Central

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Two 10-game road trips include one in the midst of a September playoff push

So, rather than add to the chorus of folks conveniently ignoring a pandemic, summer heat and the rise of fascism by complaining about the timing of 2021’s schedule release, let’s just unveil the thing.

WHITE SOX ANNOUNCE 2021 REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE

CHICAGO – Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox today announced their 2021 regular-season schedule, with Opening Day for the White Sox on Thursday, April 1 at the Los Angeles Angels.

Opening Day is part of a seven-game, west coast trip at the Angels (April 1-4) and Seattle (April 5-7). The Sox open the season against the Angels for the first time since 1993, an American League West opponent for just the third time in the last 12 seasons and on the road for the seventh time since 2010.

Following the season-opening seven-game trip, the White Sox will open Guaranteed Rate Field with a seven-game, eight-day homestand, including the home opener on April 8 vs. Kansas City. Following an off-day on April 9, the Sox will conclude the series vs. the Royals from April 10-11 before hosting Cleveland (April 12-15).

The White Sox will host the 10 non-divisional AL teams at Guaranteed Rate Field on the following dates: Texas (weekend of April 23-25), Baltimore (weekend of May 27-30), Toronto (June 8-10), Tampa Bay (June 14-16), Seattle (weekend of June 25-27), Houston (weekend of July 16-18), the Yankees (weekend of August 13-15), Oakland (August 16-19), Boston (weekend of September 10-12) and the Angels (September 14-16).

The annual Crosstown Series vs. the Cubs includes a pair of weekend, three-game matchups: August 6-8 at Wrigley Field and August 27-29 at Guaranteed Rate Field. It will mark the first time in the last seven seasons the teams will play six games in back-to-back years.

The White Sox begin interleague play with two games at Cincinnati on May 4-5, and close interleague play vs. the Reds on September 28-29. Other 2021 interleague opponents include: St. Louis (May 24-26 at Guaranteed Rate Field), Pittsburgh (June 22-23 at PNC Park; August 31-September 1 at Guaranteed Rate Field) and Milwaukee (August 23-25 at Miller Park).

The White Sox have one three-team homestand (April 23-May 2) and take two three-city trips in 2021 (July 2-11 and September 17-26).

The 2021 schedule is subject to change. Finalized game times and a complete broadcast schedule will be released at a future date.

Fans can secure 2021 Ticket Packages at whitesox.com or by calling 312-674-1000.

Thoughts?

Check it out, the White Sox open in a warm-air city! But that Anaheim-Seattle opening week could be rough. Then again, finishing up with three against the Mariners can cure what ails ya.

Home opener: KC. Because of course.

Will it seem weird that the White Sox will be playing only 3.7% of their schedule against the Cubs in 2021, vs. the 6% in 2020? No matter, both series are weekend tilts, in August. No chance of things getting heated, none at all.