For the first time ever, the Phillies will need a designated hitter on opening day.
The 2014 season will begin in an American League ballpark with a three-game series at the Texas Rangers. Opening day is March 31. The road trip continues to Wrigley Field, for three games against Chicago on April 4-6, which could serve as another coronation for Ryne Sandberg if he is named manager.
Milwaukee serves as the opponent for the home opener at Citizens Bank Park, scheduled for April 7. The full schedule was announced Tuesday.
The Phillies will play American League West teams during interleague play. They have road trips to Texas, Oakland and Los Angeles. The Angels, with South Jersey native Mike Trout, also come to Philadelphia for two games in May. Additionally, Seattle and Houston will play at Citizens Bank Park.