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Early start, late finish for Subway Series in 2015

Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares and Yankees centerfielder Jacoby

Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares and Yankees centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury are seen in this composite image. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke; Getty Images / Hannah Foslien

The Mets and Yankees will begin next year's Subway Series earlier and end it later than in past seasons.

The interleague series between the two New York teams will be played on April 24-26 at Yankee Stadium and Sept. 18-20 at Citi Field, according to the 2015 MLB schedule released Monday afternoon.

The Subway Series had been trimmed to four total games in recent years, but because the American League East plays the National League East in interleague play in 2015, the Yankees and Mets will play six games.

The teams have never played each other in April or September. The earliest date a Subway Series game has been played was May 12 this season. Aside from their October World Series games in 2000, the Mets and Yankees have never played later than July 11, in 1999. June was the most common month for the series.

The Yankees will begin a season without Derek Jeter for the first time since 1995 against the Blue Jays on April 6 in the Bronx. Their final homestand concludes with a four-game set against the Red Sox that stretches to Oct. 1. They finish the regular season in Baltimore from Oct. 2-4.

Other interleague games for the Yankees:

At Washington May 19-20, hosting the Nationals June 9-10.

At Miami June 15-16, hosting the Marlins June 17-18.

Hosting the Phillies June 22-24.

At Atlanta Aug. 28-30.

The Mets will begin the season with a three-game series in Washington starting April 6. The Citi Field home opener is April 13 against the Phillies. The Mets close the year at home with a three-game set against the Nationals Oct. 2-4.

Other interleague games for the Mets:

Hosting R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays June 15-16, at Toronto June 17-18.

At Tampa Bay Aug. 7-9.

At Baltimore Aug. 18-19.

Hosting the Red Sox Aug. 28-30.

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