MLB releases 2013 master schedule

Yankees to open season with a three-game home set against Boston
09/12/2012 2:09 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The New York Yankees will open the 2013 season the same way they close out 2012: with a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Major League Baseball released its 2013 master schedule on Wednesday, and the Yankees and Red Sox found out that they will open their campaigns with a clash at Yankee Stadium on Monday, April 1, with the second and third games of their season-opening set coming April 3 and 4 after an off day on April 2.

A Red Sox kickoff is just one of many notable highlights on the Yankees’ 2013 schedule, which will see the Bombers play 19 of their first 32 games at home, welcome back a former Captain and inter-city rival for the first time, and end their season against their newest American League brethren.

With the Houston Astros moving to the American League West next season, both leagues will have 15 teams for the first time. That means some hefty changes were needed to the master schedule, which in 2013 will see teams will play 19 games against each divisional opponent, six or seven games against non-divisional league opponents, and 20 interleague games spread throughout the schedule – with each team’s four games against their “prime rivals” coming in the form of back-to-back two-game sets spanning both cities.

For the Yankees, that prime rivalry is of course the Mets, and Big Apple brethren will play their four games May 27-30, with the first two at Citi Field and the latter two in the Bronx.

As for division opponents, the Yankees will play 16 of their 28 April games against the AL East, starting with the Red Sox set on April 1, 3, and 4; the Yankees will then host Baltimore April 10-12 and face Toronto and Tampa Bay in back-to-back road series April 19-24 before returning home to play the Blue Jays again from April 25-28.

The rest of the interleague slate sees the Yankees travel to Colorado (May 7-9), Los Angeles (July 30-31), and San Diego (August 2-4) while hosting Arizona (April 16-18), the Dodgers (June 18-19), and San Francisco (Sept. 20-22) – with Don Mattingly and his squad’s June visit to the Bronx marking the first-ever regular-season games between the Dodgers and Bombers at Yankee Stadium.

And, in one final schedule quirk, the Yankees will welcome Houston to Yankee Stadium for the first time as an AL opponent April 29-May 1 – and then will visit Minute Maid Park September 27-29 to help the Astros close out their freshman campaign in the junior circuit.

The 2013 MLB season will officially kick off on Sunday, March 31 with a nationally-televised night game yet to be determined. The 2013 All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field, and the season will conclude for all 30 teams on Sunday, September 29.

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