Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 05: Members of the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays stand for the national anthem before the Red Sox home opening game at Fenway Park on April 5, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • Major League Baseball is officially back from what ended up being a 99-day lockout, meaning the Red Sox will be returning to action soon. However, with time lost to the work stoppage, the MLB calendar for March and April had to be adjusted.

    The league still plans to play a 162 game season, but Spring Training and Opening Day have now been pushed back. Those games set to be played the first two weeks of the year will be made up during the season.

    It will be a 27-day build-up from the end of the lockout to the beginning of the regular season. Here’s the important dates to know along the way.

  • Free agency – Now

    Feb 27, 2020; Fort Myers, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom takes questions from reporters during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

    Free agency is already underway, having officially begun at 7 p.m. Thursday night. You can find a list of potential Red Sox free agents here. In addition, teams can negotiate with their own players about contract extensions – which is something to watch for between the Red Sox and 25-year-old third baseman Rafael Devers.

  • Players report to Spring Training – March 13

    Feb 22, 2021; Lee County, Florida, USA; A general view as players walk onto the field during Boston Red Sox spring training at Jet Blue Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

    The latest players can report to Spring Training is this Sunday, Mar. 13. However, some players are already in Fort Myers and have begun working out.

  • Spring Training games begin – March 17-18

    Feb 24, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; A general view of the left field wall aka the green monster at JetBlue Park prior to the spring training game between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

    The exact schedule is still being worked out, but Spring Training camps will begin late next week. It’s unknown how much of the previous schedule will hold up, but the Red Sox are currently set to play the Toronto Blue Jays Mar. 18 at 1:05 p.m. at JetBlue Park.

  • Opening Day – April 7

    Jun 4, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) celebrates his three run home run against the New York Yankees with Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    Ultimately, Opening Day ended up being pushed back a total of eight days, from Mar. 31 to Apr. 7. Now, the Red Sox open their season with a three-game series in the Bronx against the Yankees. The first game will be on Thursday, with Friday set as an off day incase of inclement weather. The series will resume Saturday and Sunday.

  • Home opener – April 15

    Apr 5, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Four F-16’s from the 134th Fighter Squadron from Burlington, Vermont’s Air National Guard do a fly-over before the start of the of the Boston Red Sox home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

    After stops in New York and Detroit, the Red Sox finally return to Boston a week into the season. Patriots’ Day weekend begins with the Red Sox home opener against the Twins on Friday at 2 p.m. (the game was originally scheduled for 7:00). It’s the first of a four-game series, which wraps up the morning of Marathon Monday. The Red Sox will play a seven-game home stand against Minnesota and Toronto – their only home games in the month of April.

  • Make-up games

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 05: A view of a sunset behind the grandstand and Fenway Park sign during the second inning of the game between the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 05, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    At some point, the Red Sox will need to make up the games from the first weeks of the season – three against the Rays and three against the Orioles. All six games were scheduled to be played at Fenway Park.

    Although those makeup dates haven’t been set, the league announced all games from the first week will be played as double-headers later in the season. The Orioles will be at Fenway May 27-30 and Sept. 27-29, with Tampa coming to Boston July 4-6 and Aug. 26-28.