The Seattle Mariners are scheduled to open the 2012 season in Tokyo, Japan, March 28-29 against the Oakland Athletics, Major League Baseball announced today.
The two-game Japan Opening Series 2012 at the Tokyo Dome will be “road” games for the Mariners. To account for the two regular season games that will be played in Tokyo, the previously announced games at Oakland on Sunday, April 8, and Thursday, July 5, will be off days. The Mariners 81-game home schedule is not affected by the games in Japan.
“The Seattle Mariners are proud to represent Major League Baseball and open the 2012 regular season in Japan against the Oakland Athletics,” said Mariners President Chuck Armstrong in a press release.
“More Mariners games have been televised in Japan over the past 10 years than any other MLB team, so the fans there will be familiar with us. This will be a memorable experience for our players and our organization.”
The nine-day trip in the middle of Spring Training begins Thursday, March 22, when the Mariners leave Phoenix for Tokyo. While in Japan, the Mariners will play two exhibition games (details to be determined) in addition to the pair of regular season games against the Athletics.