"We're splitting a four-game series with the Brewers? This stuff is intense."
We've heard that the Twins will be opening their season at home in 2013, but with the Houston Astros moving to the American League the schedule will actually be significantly different than it has been in years past. There will always be a National League team playing an American League team, everyday of the season. While I'm not exactly sure how I feel about that, it's not the kind of change that's likely to have far-flung consequences throughout the league(s).
For Minnesota this means hosting the Mets for three and the Marlins for two in April. In May they'll visit the Braves, and in the oddest bit of scheduling they'll split a four game series against the Brewers by playing two in Milwaukee and then playing two in Minneapolis.
An off day in June is sandwiched by a three games on the road with the Nationals and a three-game set at Target Field against the Phillies. Later in the month is the second two-game series of the year against the Marlins, this time in Miami.
July, August, and September are free of National League tilts for Minnesota, although August kicks off by seeing the Twins host the Astros for their first matchup as American League opponents. A trio of games will be held in Houston come September.
Other than that, it's all just the same old American League matchups. That opening series at Target Field sees the Tigers come to town. The Twins are in Chicago in the middle of April, and while they have the Rangers and Angels at home it's going to be a month that might tell us something about our new club. To bookend the season the Twins close the year with seven games at home, four with the Tigers and three with the Indians.
Have a look at the schedule. Is there anything you're particularly looking forward to? How do you feel about the whole NL-AL daily game situation?