The St. Louis Cardinals announced their 2014 regular season schedule today (Sept. 13) in conjunction with Major League Baseball's league-wide schedule release.

After opening the season on the road, the Cardinals will play their 2014 Home Opener at Busch Stadium on Monday, April 7, beginning a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. The club will then host rival Chicago over the weekend, April 11-13, as it continues a stretch of 16-straight home games against Central Division opponents (Pittsburgh: April 25-27, Milwaukee: April 28-30 and Chicago: May 12-15) to begin the home slate.

The 2014 schedule has the team home for almost the entire second half of May, as the Cardinals will play 19 of 22 games at home from May 12 - June 3. A 10-game home stand (CHI-4, ATL-3, ARI-3) begins on May 12, and following three games in Cincinnati (May 23-25), the team returns home for a nine-game stand that begins on May 26 against the New York Yankees. It will be the first time the Yankees have visited St. Louis since 2005. The Yankees have played the Cardinals just once at home since interleague play began and twice overall: 2003 in NY and 2005 in STL. That home stand will also feature four games with San Francisco and two vs. Kansas City.

In addition to the Yankees and Royals, St. Louis will also host Tampa Bay (July 22-23) and the Boston Red Sox (August 5-7) in interleague action. Boston has also played in St. Louis just one time (2005) in interleague play. The team travels to Kansas City (June 4-5), Toronto (June 6-8) and Tampa Bay (June 10-11) to round out their interleague slate next season.

The team's final home stand (September 12-21) consists of nine games against Colorado, Milwaukee and Cincinnati, three games each. St. Louis ends the regular season on the road at Chicago and Arizona.

St. Louis will play 48 games at home before the All-Star break next season, which falls on 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 during September. They will play holiday home games on Memorial Day (May 26 vs. NY Yankees), Independence Day (July 4 vs. Miami) and Labor Day (Sept. 1 vs. Pittsburgh). The Cardinals will be making future announcements regarding game times, ticket pricing and ticket availability for the 2014 season.

This press release provided courtesy of the St. Louis Cardinals.