FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run in the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland. The Twins have placed center fielder Buxton and his ailing left shoulder on the 60-day injured list, ending his season and leaving the American League Central leaders without their best defensive player for the rest of the pennant race. The Twins made the move on Tuesday, Sept. 10, before a three-game series against Washington. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

MINNEAPOLIS – Even though the Twins haven’t yet started digging into their 2020 season, fans already have the chance to look ahead to the potential of a full 162-game season in 2021, as laid out in the schedule released by the club on Thursday afternoon.

Opening Day 2021 is scheduled for April 1 in Milwaukee, marking the first time the Twins will begin a season with Interleague Play. The home opener will follow a week later, on April 8, against the Mariners. The Twins will finish the regular season on the road in Kansas City on Oct. 3.

In addition to the customary 19 games against each American League Central opponent, the Twins will face teams from the National League Central in Interleague Play, featuring home series against the Brewers, Pirates, Reds and Cubs and road series against the Brewers, Cardinals, Reds and Cubs.

Among the highlights of the planned schedule, the Twins will first face the Indians at Progressive Field from April 26-28, but they won’t host Cleveland at Target Field until a four-game series from June 24-27. A six-game homestand in early June will feature series against both the Yankees and Astros, and August 2021 is shaping up to be particularly tough due to scheduled games against the Astros, Indians, Yankees and Brewers.

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