Blue Jays open 2018 season playing host to Yankees

The Blue Jays will host the Yankees to open the 2018 season. (Richard Lautens/Getty)

With the 2017 Toronto Blue Jays season all but over, it’s time to start looking ahead to next year.

The team announced its 2018 schedule on Tuesday and the Blue Jays will open their campaign hosting the New York Yankees in a four-game series beginning on March 29. Toronto will play its first seven games of the season at home.

For the eighth straight year, the Blue Jays will celebrate Canada Day weekend at Rogers Centre when they welcome the Detroit Tigers from June 29 to July 2.

In addition to the 76 divisional matchups on the slate, the Blue Jays will play 20 interleague contests. Home dates will see Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals head to Toronto from June 15-17 and Noah Syndergaard could pitch against the team that drafted him when the New York Mets play a quick two-game series north of the border on July 3 and 4.

West coast fans can make the ever-popular trip to Seattle’s Safeco Field when the Blue Jays take on the Mariners in a four-game set from Aug. 2-5. Toronto closes out the season on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sept. 30.

Also of note to fans is that nine Saturday home matinee affairs will be moved to 4:07 p.m. ET start times. Four Saturday games will still begin at 1:07 p.m.