Late-season matchup between Giants, A’s highlights 2015 schedule 

click to enlarge San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt throws against the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Detroit Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. - AP PHOTO/PAUL SANCYA
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  • San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt throws against the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Detroit Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.
Ever want to see the Giants and A’s play each other in a pennant race? Bay Area fans will get that opportunity in the 2015 season.

With Major League Baseball on Monday unveiling the schedule for next year, the Giants will play the A’s at O.co Coliseum for three games in the next-to-last week of the season. With the NL West playing the AL West in interleague play next year, the Bay Bridge Series expands from four games to six games -- three at each team’s stadium. The games at AT&T Park will be July 24-26, while the Coliseum games are Sept. 25-27.

As for beginning the season, the Giants open with a seven-game road trip against the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres. Opening Day is April 6, a week later than most MLB seasons have started recently. This pushes the regular season into the first days of October, which means the World Series goes into November.

The Giants then have a 10-game homestand, with the home opener April 13 against the Colorado Rockies beginning a three-game series, followed by the Diamondbacks (April 16-19) and the first clash with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers (April 21-23).

While the Giants open on the road against the Diamondbacks, the A’s have a seven-game homestand, beginning with an Opening Day clash against the Texas Rangers, who will be at the Coliseum for four games before the Seattle Mariners visit for three.

The Giants finish their season with seven homes: four against the Dodgers and three against the Colorado Rockies. Of their 31 games in September and October, 25 will be against the NL West.

Meanwhile, after the final home series against the Giants, the A’s will wrap up their season with a six-game road trip against the Angels and Mariners.

MLB will pick a game to feature on April 5, a Sunday night opener that has previously featured the World Series champs. The All-Star Game will be July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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