The 2010 schedule is out …

Happy Tuesday, Padres fans. The 2010 schedule has just been released. My story is below and here’s a link to get a better look at the schedule.

Corey Brock, MLB.com, Padres.com, @FollowThePadres

SAN DIEGO — For the first time since 2007, the Padres will begin on the road next season when they open on April 5 against the D-backs in Phoenix.

San Diego will play three games in Arizona and three in Colorado before returning for its home opener against Atlanta on April 12 at PETCO Park.

That series against the Braves will kick off a nine-game homestand.

The Padres will be paired up to some extent with the American League East Division in Interleague Play, as Toronto (June 14-16) and Baltimore (June 18-20) come to PETCO Park.

This will be the first time since 2004 that the Padres have faced the Blue Jays. They were 1-2 against Toronto that season at PETCO Park.

San Diego faced the Orioles in 2007.

The Padres will also make Interleague trips to Seattle (May 21-23) and Tampa Bay (June 22-24) next season. Seattle also comes to PETCO Park again.

The Friars have played the Mariners in every year of Interleague Play since 1997.

San Diego will close the 2010 regular season on the road, playing three games against the Giants at AT&T Park on Oct. 1-3.

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