SF Giants’ 2023 schedule: Opener at Yankee Stadium, fewer games vs. NL West

The Giants’ schedule for 2023 is out and it looks different from any year before.

For the third time in franchise history — and the third time in the last six years — the Giants will open against an American League club, traveling to Yankee Stadium for their first series, which begins March 30, then features a day off before two weekend games in the Bronx. The last time the Giants played their former New York neighbors was April 2019 in San Francisco.

After a stop in Chicago to play the White Sox, the Giants will have their home opener against the Royals on April 7 for the first of a three-game series.

Major League Baseball is also decreasing the number of divisional games that will be played, citing its expanded playoffs and additional wild card slots as a reason to balance the schedule.

Thus, the Giants will only play four series (13 games, down from 19) against each NL West team, including the Dodgers. The first series in the storied rivalry will be April 10-12 at Oracle Park, and they’ll play two of the remaining series over the last week and a half of the season, culminating with another three-game series in San Francisco from Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.

Nearly one-third of their NL West games come in the final two-and-a-half weeks of the season, and 22 of the 52 total divisional games are between Sept. 1 and Oct. 1. Arizona is the only divisional opponent who they play fewer than six times over that final month.

With the new schedule format, the Giants will face the other 29 teams — including all 15 AL clubs — for at least one series. The American League teams they’ll host are: Kansas City, Baltimore, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Texas, Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

Here is the full schedule:

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