BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox announced their 2006 schedule Friday, along with an average ticket price increase of 5 percent.

The Red Sox, eliminated by Chicago in the first round of the playoffs, will open next season April 3 at Texas. The team’s home opener is April 11 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The first Red Sox-Yankees series is in May.

Pedro Martinez and the New York Mets visit Fenway Park, as do the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies, in interleague play during a late June homestand. The Red Sox visit Philadelphia, Atlanta and Florida.

Boston completes its regular season schedule with a five-game homestand against Tampa Bay and Baltimore.

Ticket prices will increase for seats in the field box, loge box, above the Green Monster, and for the right field roof tables. All other seats will be priced the same as 2005.

The prices will range from $12 to $95, which does not include seating areas such as the Green Monster, right field roof tables, Pavilion Club, EMC Club, and on-field dugout seating.

The club will continue its policy of offering $7 tickets for active military personnel.

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