Major League Baseball officially announced the 2013 regular season schedule for all 30 teams on Wednesday, which includes the first game of the league season on March 31st and Interleague Play throughout the season now that each league has 15 teams.
The Reds will open the 2013 regular season with Opening Day on Monday, April 1st against the Los Angeles Angels as part of an opening homestand that includes three games against the Angels (April 1, 3 and 4) and a three-game weekend tilt with the Washington Nationals (April 5-7).
Additional highlights of the Reds’ home schedule include a pair of weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals (June 7-9 and Aug. 2-4), a Memorial Day weekend series against the Chicago Cubs (May 24-26) and a weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (Sept. 6-8). In addition to the Angels, the Reds’ Interleague opponents at home include the Cleveland Indians (May 27-28), Seattle Mariners (July 5-7) and Oakland Athletics (Aug. 6-7).
+ Cincinnati will play the Houston Astros only three times in 2013 after facing them in 18 games in 2012. The Astros are set to move to the American League West Division at the conclusion of this season.
+ The 84th annual All-Star Game is slated for July 16th and will be played at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.
+ The Reds will embark on their annual West Cost road trip from July 22nd to the 31st. That dreaded trip will include a 3-game series in San Francisco, a 4-game series in Los Angeles, and a trio of games in San Diego. That 10-game swing will be their longest stretch away from home all year.
+ They conclude the regular season with a 3-game tilt against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 27-29.
+ All in all, it projects to be a rather manageable schedule for the current NL Central leaders. If all goes according to plan here over the next two weeks of this season, the Reds will be looking to win their third division crown in four seasons in '13.
For those wishing to view the Reds 2013 schedule in its entirety, click here.