Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers will host the Chicago Cubs in the club’s 2019 season opener on Thursday, March 28 to begin the team’s final year at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The complete 2019 schedule was announced today by Major League Baseball.
This will mark the 28th time in 48 seasons that the Rangers have opened at home, the fourth straight and the ninth occasion in the last 11 years. It will be the first time Texas has opened with the Cubs and it will be Chicago’s first trip to Arlington since May 21-23, 2010. This will mark the second time that Texas has opened the year against a National League team as the Rangers hosted Philadelphia in the first series of 2014 at Globe Life Park.
March 28 is scheduled to be the earliest date on which the Rangers have ever opened a season with the previous earliest being March 29, 2017 vs. Houston in Arlington.
The Rangers will also host the Cubs on Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31 before completing the season’s first homestand with Houston, April 1-3. The road portion of the schedule begins with a six-game trip to the Los Angeles Angels, April 4-7 and Arizona, April 9-10.
Texas will close the regular season at Globe Life Park with the final homestand ever played in the Rangers’ home since 1994 featuring three games each with Boston, September 24-26, and the New York Yankees, September 27-29.
With 15 teams in each league, interleague play will take place throughout the entire regular season for the seventh straight year. Clubs will again play 19 games against division opponents (76 total games) and either six or seven contests vs. non-divisional league opponents in home and home series (66 total games). Each club will also play 20 interleague games (10 home/10 road), with the Rangers facing the five N.L. Central clubs and Arizona in 2019.
Texas will play 19 times each versus A.L. West Division foes Houston, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle. In addition to hosting the Cubs in interleague play, the Rangers will have two-game home and home series with both the Arizona and Pittsburgh and a three-game home set with St. Louis. It will be just the second time the Cardinals have ever played a regular season series in Arlington, the other June 11-13, 2004. The Rangers hosted St. Louis in Games 3, 4, and 5 of the 2011 World Series. Texas rounds out its interleague schedule by traveling to Cincinnati and Milwaukee for three-game series.
The 2019 home schedule also features four-game series with the Cleveland, Kansas City, and Minnesota. Texas will be at home on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4 against the Los Angeles Angels.
Game times for the 2019 schedule will be announced at a later date. The complete schedule is attached.