By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

After months of negotiating between Major League Baseball and the Players Association the Los Angeles Dodgers and all other teams finally have a schedule. The Dodgers will open the regular season at home July 23 with a four-game series against their rival the San Francisco Giants. The game will be televised on ESPN with the first pitch at 7:08.

“Its nice to open up at home with a team you’re familiar with,” said Manager Dave Roberts.

Of the 60 games the Dodgers will play 40 division games against the Giants (seven home, three road), D-backs (three home, seven road), Padres (four home, six road) and Rockies (six home, four road). They will play the Angels six times in 2020 (three at Dodger Stadium, three at Angel Stadium), the Astros (two home, two road), Athletics (three home), Mariners (two home, two road) and Rangers (three road).

This will be the first season in which games will be televised by SportsNet LA on DirecTV will have the start time for home games moved up from 6:40 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. PT.

Dodger Newcomer Mookie Betts talked about how things heading into the season: “It’s a little tough, you don’t get to interact with your teammates like you want, but we’ll manage. Every one’s getting ready were working diligently to get our skills prepared.” The former MVP is ready to get things going with his new team.

The Dodgers will play exhibition games at Dodger Stadium on July 19 and 20 against Arizona and July 21 against the Angels.

The Dodgers also announced: “Based on the health circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic” along with governmental directives prohibiting large gatherings, Dodger Stadium will be unable to host fans at the start of the season. At this time, the Dodgers are providing ticketholders with an account credit for 2020 tickets, parking and All-Star Week events.