M's 2017 schedule: Home opener April 10, Yankees here July 20-23

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    SEATTLE - The Seattle Mariners will kick off next year's season on April 3 at Houston, according to Major League Baseball's tentative 2017 season schedule released Wednesday.

    The M's home opener will be April 10 against Houston.

    The schedule includes some gems for the Mariners, including weekend home games against the Toronto Blue Jays during a series on June 9-11, with the New York Yankees on July 20-23 and with the New York Mets on July 28-30.

    The 2017 season will officially begin Sunday, April 2, with the New York Yankees at the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Francisco Giants at the Arizona Diamondbacks. Both games will be televised by ESPN, which also will select a third game for that day.

    Thirteen games are scheduled for April 3, the commissioner's office said Wednesday as it released the 2017 schedule: Toronto at Baltimore, Pittsburgh at Boston, Philadelphia at Cincinnati, Detroit at the Chicago White Sox, Seattle at Houston, San Diego at the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado at Milwaukee, Kansas City at Minnesota, Atlanta at the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland, Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, Cleveland at Texas and Miami at Washington.

    The Rays will host the Oakland Athletics in a doubleheader on June 10. It will be MLB's first scheduled doubleheader since July 16, 2011, when the A's hosted the Angels.

    The All-Star Game will be at Miami on July 11, and the regular season is scheduled to end Oct. 1. The amateur draft is set to start June 12.

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