Twins will open 2013 season at Target FieldThe Twins will begin their fourth season at the ballpark April 1, 2013, when they play the Detroit Tigers, according to a preliminary schedule released by the team Wednesday, Sept. 12.
By: By Ben Goessling, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Superior Telegram
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins will open the 2013 season at home for the first time since they moved outdoors from the Metrodome to Target Field in 2010.
The Twins will begin their fourth season at the ballpark April 1, 2013, when they play the Detroit Tigers, according to a preliminary schedule released by the team Wednesday, Sept. 12. The Twins also will close the season at Target Field — with a seven-game homestand against the Tigers and Cleveland Indians — and will host the New York Yankees over the Fourth of July.
In baseball’s first year with 15 teams each in the American and National Leagues, the Twins will see a slightly larger but more varied slate of interleague games. They will begin interleague play in April, when Johan Santana makes his return to Minnesota with the New York Mets, and play a total of 20 interleague games from April to June — two more than they played this year.
The Twins will face the entire NL East, hosting the Mets, Florida Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies and traveling to Atlanta, Miami and Washington, D.C. They will play in the Marlins’ and Nationals’ new parks for the first time.
And their interleague series with the Milwaukee Brewers will have a different look; the Twins will play a pair of two-game home-and-home sets against their regional rivals, traveling to Miller Park on May 27 and 28 before returning to Target Field on May 29 and 30. MLB lined up several of the regional rivalries in home-and-home matchups during the last week of May.
The Twins get four nine-game homestands, one each in April, May, June and September. Their longest road trip is a 10-game, three-city (and two-country) swing just before the All-Star break, when they visit Toronto, Tampa Bay and the New York Yankees.
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