It’s here! Spring has sprung because Major League Baseball is officially starting with Opening Day 2013 on Monday (April 1). Sure, last night the Houston Astros played their first game as part of the American League West (beating the Texas Rangers 8-2), but Monday there is baseball from noon til midnight. Play ball!
With the ‘Stros moving to the AL, now there are 15 teams in each league, which means interleague play will be happening all season. It’s quite a change from the past practice of having a couple weeks of interleague play right before the All-Star break.
It’ll be interesting to see if it favors one league over the other, since AL teams are designed around a designated hitter position and NL teams are not.
Either way, enjoy your day of baseball, fans. Here are today’s match-ups. All times Eastern.
Red Sox at Yankees, 1 p.m., ESPN, YES Network
Marlins at Nationals, 1 p.m., Fox Sports Florida, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network
Padres at Mets, 1 p.m., Fox Sports San Diego, SportsNet New York
Cubs at Pirates, 1:30 p.m., WGN, ROOT sports
Rockies at Brewers, 2 p.m., ROOT sports, Fox Sports Wisconsin
Tigers at Twins, 4 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports North
Royals at White Sox, 4 p.m., Fox Sports Kansas City, Chicago Sports Network
Giants at Dodgers, 4 p.m., ESPN, Prime Sports Network
Angels at Reds, 4 p.m., Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Ohio
Phillies at Braves, 7 p.m., ESPN2, Fox Sports South
Mariners at Athletics, 10 p.m., ROOT sports, Comcast Sportsnet California
Cardinals at Diamondbacks, 10 p.m., ESPN2, Fox Sports Arizona