If you're going to scan the Twins' 2009 schedule for big weekend series at the Metrodome, don't bother.
The schedule, released on Wednesday, wasn't kind to the Twins and offers little intrigue other than it's the final season in the Metrodome before the team moves into Target Field in 2010.
The Red Sox make their only visit of the season May 25-28 -- Monday through Thursday.
The Yankees are in town July 7-9 -- Tuesday through Thursday.
The AL Central will play the NL Central in interleague play -- but the Twins get Pittsburgh and Houston at home and travel to Chicago (June 12-14) and St. Louis (June 26-28). This is in addition to the Twins' annual home-and-home series against the Brewers.
"I'm not going to lie," Twins president Dave St. Peter said. "At first blush, there have been more attractive schedules than this one, but I think that balances out over time."
The Twins open the season with a four-game series April 6-9 at home against Seattle, the same team they christened the Dome against in 1982. They close the season with three games against the Royals on Oct. 2-4. Their final 19 games are within their division.
St. Peter said the Twins are considering several promotional ideas -- such as a turn-back-the-clock game -- to celebrate their final year in the stadium.
"There will be a variety of promotions to get the fans involved," he said, "but we are blessed with what we think will be a contending team."
Today, the Twins will announce their season-ticket prices for 2009 and 2010.
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