White Sox release their 2017 schedule

Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox is greeted by teammates after hitting a three-run homer against the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning on April 9, 2016 at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox is greeted by teammates after hitting a three-run homer against the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning on April 9, 2016 at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – Based on the words of Rick Hahn, the White Sox could be headed in a different direction sooner than later.

With the team “mired in mediocrity” as the general manager said in July, a number of changes from the manager to the players in the field could be in the future after another disappointing season.

At least one thing is set in stone for the 2017 season on the South Side: The schedule.

On Wednesday the White Sox released their slate of games for the campaign including a season opener at home for the first time since the 2014 season. After the last two opening days were spent away from Guaranteed Rate Field, the White Sox open the season on Monday, April 3rd against the Detroit Tigers. That game is part of a six at home to start the year with three against the Tigers and three against the Minnesota Twins.

The annual series with the Cubs will have a similar format in 2017 with the teams playing a four-game, home-and-home series in the last week of July. Wrigley Field plays host to the first two games on July 24th and 25th with the return games at Guaranteed Rate Field on the 26th and 27th.

Interleague play also will feature a trip to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers on August 15th and 16th with two other games being played in Chicago a month earlier on July 18th and 19th. The White Sox also travel to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks May 22nd-24th with a home series against the Giants September 8th-10th.

Click on this link for the entire 2017 schedule.