Rockies open 2012 season in Houston

Rockies open 2012 season in Houston

Rockies open 2012 season in Houston
DENVER -- The Rockies have already turned their attention to next year. Now they can actually focus on a place and date to start anew -- Houston on Friday, April 6, 2012.

Although the Rockies will open the year away from Coors Field, they'll play 18 of their first 27 games at home. It could mean a chance at another quick start -- one the Rockies hope to take advantage of better than in 2011. The Rockies started this season 11-2.

The Rockies will open 2012 with a three-game series against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The home schedule will begin on Monday, April 9 with the opener of a three-game set against the Giants at Coors Field. The Giants series will begin a nine-game homestand that includes series against two other National League West foes, the D-backs and Padres.

The Rockies' second home series also will be nine games against the Mets, Dodgers and Braves from April 27-May 6.

Interleague Play will feature mostly American League West teams. The Rockies will play the Angels (June 8-10) and the Athletics (June 12-14) at Coors Field. The Rockies will have road Interleague series with the Tigers from June 15-17 and the Rangers from June 22-24, with an NL road series against the Phillies in between.

Twenty of the Rockies' final 30 games will be on the road. The home schedule finishes with a seven-game stand against the D-backs from Sept. 21-24 and the Cubs from Sept. 25-27. The Rockies will finish on the road within the NL West against the Dodgers from Sept. 28-30 and the D-backs from Oct. 1-3.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.