Braves announce 2019 schedule with earlier start times

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James Dansby Swanson was born Feb. 11, 1994 in Kennesaw, Georgia. Swanson played college baseball at Vanderbilt. He was the first player taken in the 2015 MLB draft, by Arizona. The Braves acquired Swanson from the Diamondbacks on Dec. 9, 2015, in the Shelby Miller trade. The Braves also acquired Ender Inciarte. Swanson, who played at Marietta High School in metro Atlanta, made his major league debut Aug. 17, 2016. Swanson was 2-for-4 in that debut against the Twins. His first hit was a single off Kyle Gi

You’ll have to get to SunTrust Park earlier next season.

The Braves will start games 15 minutes earlier in 2019.

The Braves will open next season March 28 with a three-game series at the Phillies. The team will return home for a six-game series against the Cubs and Marlins that begins April 1.

ExploreThe Braves announced the tentative schedule Wednesday.

The schedule includes time changes for home games at SunTrust Park. Night games will begin at 7:20 p.m. and Sunday games will begin at 1:20 p.m.

“When we opened SunTrust Park we wanted to do everything we could to ensure that fans coming to our games would have an easy time getting here,” Derek Schiller, Braves president and CEO, said in a statement. “Now that we have almost two seasons under our belts and have observed the flow around the ballpark, we feel comfortable moving start times up.”

A final schedule, that will include time for road games and a promotional schedule, will be released in the offseason.

The Braves will have holiday home games against the Phillies on Father’s Day and the Fourth of July and against the Blue Jays on Labor Day.

The Braves will play the American League Central, plus Toronto, as part of eight interleague series. At home, they play the Tigers, Royals, White Sox and Blue Jays. On the road, they play the Indians, Twins, Blue Jays and Royals.

The Braves close the regular-season home schedule with a six games against the Phillies on Sept. 17-19 and the Giants on Sept. 20-22. They conclude the season with five games at the Royals on Sept. 24-25 and Mets on Sept. 27-29.