MLB announces 2013 schedule

Play ball! An intriguing Opening Day schedule features an interleague clash between the Reds and Angels. (Getty Images)

From deep within the bowels of mission control, MLB has concocted and now released the full regular-season schedule for 2013. Let's dig in, shall we?

For starters, here's the Opening-Day lineup for April 1, 2013:

Los Angeles Angels @ Cincinnati Reds
Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees
San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres @ New York Mets
Miami Marlins @ Washington Nationals
Kansas City Royals @ White Sox
Detroit Tigers @ Minnesota Twins
St. Louis Cardinals @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Seattle Mariners @ Athletics
Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves
Colorado Rockies @ Milwaukee Brewers
Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates  

Yes, that is indeed an interleague clash -- Angels vs. Cincy -- on opening day. Other schedule highlights ... 

  • There will be a Sunday-night ESPN game on March 31 to kick off the season, but the combatants have not yet been determined. 
  • The Astros will play their first game as an American League franchise on April 2 when they host the Texas Rangers in Houston Astros
  • The Dodgers will host the Padres on Jackie Robinson Day (April 15).
  • May 24: Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen (we're assuming he'll still be the manager) returns to Chicago Cubs to face his old team, the White Sox. 
  • The First-Year Player Draft (also incorrectly known as the "Amateur Draft") will go down on June 6.
  • On July 2, the Cardinals encounter Albert Pujols for the first time, although this series will be in Anaheim. 
  • That same day, the Cubs will pay their first visit to Oakland Athletics and in doing so play in their 114th different ballpark as a franchise
  • The All-Star Game at Citi Field, home of the Mets, is scheduled for July 16. 
  • Some intriguing interleague match-ups at various points in the season include Dodgers- Baltimore Orioles , Yankees-Dodgers, Yankees-Padres (1998 World Series rematch), Giants-Yankees, Giants- Tampa Bay Rays , Phillies-Tigers, Rangers-Cardinals and A's-Pirates. 
  • The final day of the regular season -- Sept. 29 -- features a number of series that could have playoff implications: Angels-Rangers, Red Sox-Orioles, Phillies-Braves, Pirates-Reds, Padres-Giants (yes, the Padres can contend next season), Nationals-Diamondbacks and Rays- Toronto Blue Jays
  • While the exact dates of the World Baseball Classic have not yet been announced, the primary tournament will unfold in March, prior to the start of the regular season. 

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