The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are coming to Marlins Park next season. But there will be no Miami homecoming for either Jose Reyes or Mark Buehrle when the Marlins go up against the American League East in interleague play.
Major League Baseball released the 2015 schedule on Monday, and the Marlins will be opening the season at home on April 6 against the Atlanta Braves.
Visits by the Yankees on June 15-16 and Red Sox on Aug. 11-12 highlight the ’15 home slate for the Marlins.
But the Marlins are also scheduled to take on those two traditional powers on the road, as well, with Miami playing in the new Yankee Stadium for the first time on Aug. 17-18 and at Fenway Park on July 7-8.
In addition to the Red Sox and Yankees, the Baltimore Orioles also will face the Marlins in Miami (Aug. 22-24).
The only AL East team of the five not making a South Florida visit: the Toronto Blue Jays. Instead, the Marlins will see Buehrle and Reyes in Toronto on June 8-10 for the first time since the two were traded after the 2012 season.
“I’m optimistic he’ll be fine to pitch on Friday,” said manager Mike Redmond.
Redmond said Alvarez will throw a “light” bullpen session on Tuesday just to make sure everything checks out physically.
“If everything goes well and he rejoins us on Friday, that would be a big lift for us, definitely,” Redmond said.
Redmond said Brad Hand, who would have been scheduled to pitch next on Friday, would be pushed back a day in the rotation.
According to multiple reports, Major League Baseball and the Players Association are nearing an agreement that would clarify the controversial home-plate collision rule that cost the Marlins in a July 31 loss to Cincinnati.
“I think it would be really good and prevent a lot of controversy,” said Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis, who was directly involved in the play against the Reds. Even though Giancarlo Stanton’s throw to the plate was in plenty of time, the runner was called safe because Mathis was blocking the lane to the plate.