Cardinals to host Red Sox & Yankees in 2014

ST. LOUIS ( - Visits by the Red Sox and Yankees for the first time since 2005, as well as a second straight home opener against the Reds, highlight the Cardinals' 2014 schedule, which was released by Major League Baseball on Tuesday.

For the third straight year, the Cardinals will open their 162-game slate on the road, in Cincinnati on Monday, March 31, and will follow that three-game series with a stop in Pittsburgh. Those are the first of 15 straight games the Cardinals will play against National League Central opponents to begin the year.

The Cardinals will host the Reds on Monday, April 7, in their home opener; the Cubs will also visit St. Louis during that opening homestand. That will be a welcome week at home for the Cardinals, who otherwise play 17 of their first 23 games on the road. The team's longest road trip of the season -- an 11-game jaunt through Milwaukee, Washington and New York -- wraps up that road-heavy portion of the schedule.

That will be one of three three-city trips for the club during the 2014 season, and all three will take place before the All-Star break. There is a nine-game road trip from May 2-11 (Chicago, Atlanta, Pittsburgh) and a 10-game one from June 23-July 3 (Colorado, Los Angeles and San Francisco.