Here are some home games for Phillies fans to pay extra attention to during the first half of the season:

Kansas City Royals at Phillies

April 5-7

The Phillies open up their home schedule against the Royals, who feature a number of talented young players.

St. Louis Cardinals at Phillies

April 18-21

St. Louis figures to be one of Philadelphia's rivals for a wild-card playoff spot.

Boston Red Sox at Phillies

May 29-30

The Red Sox, like the Phillies, begin the season with plenty of questions. Can either of these teams regain their past success?

Washington Nationals at Phillies

June 17-19

The defending National League East champion and this season's favorite makes it first trip to Citizens Bank Park.

Atlanta Braves at Phillies

July 5-7

The Braves make their first trip into Citizens Bank as the Phillies begin a 10-game homestand before the All Star Break.

Washington Nationals at Phillies

July 8-11

The Nationals are back in Philadelphia. Washington follows Atlanta into Citizens Bank. How the Phillies do in the 10-game homestand before the break will go a long way toward determining if they're in serious contention when the second half begins.

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