ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis' Cardinals home schedule for 2014 will include visits from the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
The schedule, released Tuesday in conjunction with all Major League Baeball teams, has the Cardinals opening the season in Cincinnati on March 31. They return to Busch Stadium for their home opener, also against Cincinnati, on April 7.
The Cardinals' first 15 games will be against NL Central opponents, a stretch that runs through April 16.
After their season-opening three-game series against the Reds, the Cardinals will travel to Pittsburgh for a three-game series.
The opening homestand has a three-game series against the Reds (April 7-9) and a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs (April 11-13).
After the first homestand, the Cardinals will hit the road for a season-long 11-game trip against the Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals and New York Mets. Seventeen of the Cardinals' first 23 games are on the road.
However, the Cardinals have a heavy home schedule in May and June, as they play 19 of 22 games at Busch Stadium between May 12-June 3. Included among those home games is the visit from the Yankees (May 26-28), who were last in St. Louis in 2005.
The Red Sox's trip to St. Louis is Aug. 5-7. Like the Yankees, the Red Sox haven't been in St. Louis since 2005.
The Cardinals also will play host to Kansas City (June 2-3) and Tampa Bay (July 22-23) in interleague play. Their road interleague opponents will be Kansas City (June 4-5), Toronto (June 6-8), Tampa Bay (June 10-11) and Baltimore (Aug. 8-10).
The Cardinals' final homestand of the season is Sept. 12-21 against Colorado, Milwaukee and Cincinnati. They will close the season Sept. 22-28 on the road against the Cubs and Arizona.
St. Louis will play 48 games at home before the All-Star break, which is July 14-17, and 33 home games after the break.
The team has 12 home dates in April, 16 in May, 13 in June, 12 in July, 16 in August and 12 in September.
They will play holiday home games on Memorial Day (May 26 vs. the Yankees), Independence Day (July 4 vs. Miami) and Labor Day (Sept. 1 vs. Pittsburgh).
Game times, ticket pricing and ticket availability will be announced later.