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2012 MLB Schedule Release: Giants Start Season in Arizona, A's at Home Against Seattle

With the end of the 2011 regular season just around the corner, what a better time to look ahead at next year's schedule and ponder the possibilities for the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's? Both teams will get their 2012 campaigns started with divisional opponents, though for the third straight season the Giants will begin on the road.

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The Black and Orange will begin on April 6 down at Chase Field in Arizona against the Diamondbacks for a three game set, then travel to Colorado for three more before making their home debut on the 13th against the Pirates. The A's on the other hand have a six game homestand to begin the season against the Mariners and Royals, then head up to Seattle to face the Mariners again for their first road series starting on the 13th.

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Will 2012 be the year the A's break out? Can the Giants rekindle their glory from the 2010 season? These questions will have to wait to be answered, but I hope the answer is yes to both of them.