At 1 PM MLB officially released its schedule for 2013, which we’d been hearing leaks from over the course of the morning, and you’ll now find that on the schedule page of BlueJays.com you can navigate through the 2013 slate of games.
The Jays will open the 2013 season at home against the Clevelands, mercifully avoiding the non-domed stadium tradition of the incredibly deflating day off following the high of Opening Day.
They’ll actually play at home, in the afternoon, on the Victoria Day holiday– Monday, May 20th against Tampa– though they won’t be in town for the start of that long weekend. The same is true of Canada Day, when they’ll play the Tigers in a Monday afternoon tilt, July 1, despite not being at home for the Saturday or Sunday prior. They are out of town for the August long weekend and over labour day, however.
The Canada Day match will kick off a four game series with the Tigers, which will be the only time the former arch rivals visit. The Jays’ only three games in Detroit take place in the second week of the season.
Interleague will bring the San Francisco Giants, who’ll be here for two weekday games in mid-May, the Atlanta Braves, who’ll kick off a four game home-and-home with two games here in late May, as well as the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers, who’ll be here for three game sets in mid-July and mid-August respectively.
And the front office better hope that the novelty of NL West teams is a draw, as the club won’t be benefiting from many weekend visits from the Yankees and Red Sox, who’ll each only be here once, in April.
The oft-dreaded west coast road trip will begins a couple weeks after the All-Star Game, which the Mets will host at Citi Field, as on July 29th the Jays begin three games in Oakland, followed by four in Anaheim, and three more in Seattle, with no days off in between the three sets.
The season will end a bit earlier than this year– on September 29th, against the Rays– and September will be AL East-heavy, as usual, with two series against the Orioles, and one each against the Rays, Yankees and Red Sox. Among those will be a trip to Arizona and Minnesota, and a visit from the Angels.
As yet, there are no scheduled 4 PM weekend home starts for the Jays, but that can sometimes change on the whim of the Fox TV executives who may move a nationally broadcast game to 1 PM.
So… there’s that.
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