CINCINNATI, Ohio (WSAZ) -- One of baseball's traditional home openers will have an innovative twist next season.
The Cincinnati Reds will host the Los Angeles Angels on April 1, becoming the first teams to start their seasons with an interleague matchup.
The opening homestand will include two additional games against the Angels (April 3 and 4) and a three-game weekend tilt with the Washington Nationals (April 5-7).
Major League Baseball officially announced its 2013 regular season schedule Wednesday which includes the first game of the league season on March 31 and Interleague Play throughout the season now that each league has 15 teams.
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).
The Reds, the first professional team, celebrate opening day with a parade and have opened all but four seasons at home.