Inside Pitch: Plenty of First's in Store for '05

The Cubs next year will play host to the World Series champion Boston Red Sox for the first time at Wrigley Field.<p> The team's tentative schedule has been announced, and the Red Sox's June 10-12 appearance at the Friendly Confines is the talk of the town.

The last time the Cubs and Red Sox faced each other was in the 1918 World Series, when Babe Ruth was pitching for Boston. But those games were not played at Wrigley Field. They were played at Comiskey Park because the South Side park had more seats available.

The Red Sox won that best-of-seven series 4-2. It was the last time they won the Fall Classic until this season.

But that's not the only history on the Cubs' 2005 slate.

The Cubs also will visit Yankee Stadium for the first time since the 1938 World Series when they travel to New York for an interleague series on June 17-19.

It will be just the second time the Cubs and Yankees have hooked up for a regular-season series. The first came in 2003 when the Cubs won two out of three over the Yankees at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs also will make their first trip to Washington, D.C. since the late 1800s when they take on the Expos franchise May 13-15.

The Cubs will stay a few extra days in the Phoenix area after spring training ends. They open the 2005 season against the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 4-6 at Bank One Ballpark.

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