Phils release tentative schedule for 2009
It's not exactly an easy schedule, given the way the season finishes and a crowd of AL East teams.
Unlike this year, when the Phils were matched up with the so-so AL West, they'll take on AL East powers the Red Sox, Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, while also hosting Baltimore and playing two series with Toronto.
The season also ends with a pretty tough stretch -- 20 straight games without a day off to finish the year. The Phils will wrap up the season at home with four games against Houston and three with Florida.
The Phils are scheduled to have just one day off in September and only two days off between August 18 and the end of the season.
The Phillies will open the 09 season at Citizens Bank Park for the fifth straight season. They'll host three games with the Braves before hitting the road to play Colorado and Washington.
The Phils play 16 of their first 25 games at home in 09.