Braves to open 2013 schedule vs. Phillies

Milwaukee – The Braves will open and close their 2013 season with the Phillies, in the tentative schedule released Wednesday by Major League Baseball. The Braves open the season April 1 at Turner Field with the first of three games against the Phillies, and then host the Chicago Cubs April 5-7. The Braves will close the season with a four-game series at home against the Phillies on Sept. 26-29.

This will be the first time in three years the Braves opened the season at home, since 2010. The Braves will also be at home for the July 4 holiday against the Marlins (July 2-4) and Labor Day on Sept. 2 against the Mets. They’ll be on the road for Memorial Day in Toronto on May 27.

The Braves will play their first-ever interleague series in Kansas City (June 25-26). They will also play the Tigers at Comerica Park for the first time since 2004 and only the second time overall. They’ll round out the road interleague schedule with games in Toronto (May 27-28) and in Chicago against the White Sox (July 19-21).

The Braves will host the Kansas City Royals (April 16-17), Minnesota Twins (May 20-22), Toronto Blue Jays (May 29-30) and Cleveland Indians (Aug. 27-29) in four interleague series at Turner Field. Outside of some pre-season exhibition games in Atlanta, this will be the first time the Twins will have ever played at Turner Field and the first time they’ve played in Atlanta since the 1991 World Series.

The 2013 schedule features four two-game series on the road – something the Braves rarely do. But with the Houston Astros moving to the American League each league will have 15 teams, requiring at least two teams to be matched up in interleague series every day. That means teams will also play many more four-game series as well.

“It’s like anything else we’ll get used to it,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

The Braves will be road warriors early in the season. After the season-opening six-game homestand they’ll play 16 of their next 18 games on the road, including a three-city trip to Pittsburgh, Colorado and Detroit. They’ll come home for six games then head out on another three-city trip to Cincinnati, San Franciso and Arizona.

Tentative Braves 2013 schedule

April

1, Philadelphia Phillies

3-4, Philadelphia Phillies

5-7, Chicago Cubs

8-10, at Miami Marlins

11, Open date

12-14, at Washington Nationals

15, Open date

16-17, Kansas City Royals

18-21, at Pittsburgh Pirates

22-24, at Colorado Rockies

25, Open date

26-28, at Detroit Tigers

29-30, Washington Nationals

May

1-2, Washington Nationals

3-5, New York Mets

6-8, at Cincinnati Reds

9-12, at San Francisco Giants

13-15, at Arizona Diamondbacks

16, Open date

17-19, Los Angeles Dodgers

20-22, Minnesota Twins

23, Open date

24-26, at New York Mets

27-28, at Toronto Blue J ays

29-30, Toronto Blue Jays

31-Washington Nationals

June

1-2, Washington Nationals

3-5, Pittsburgh Pirates

6-9, at Los Angeles Dodgers

10-12, at San Diego Padres

13, Open date

14-16, San Francisco Giants

17-20, New York Mets

21-23, at Milwaukee Brewers

24, Open date

25-26, at Kansas City Royals

27, Open date

28-30, Arizona Diamondbacks

July

1, Open date

2-4, Miami Marlins

5-7, at Philadelphia Phillies

8-10, at Miami Marlins

11-14, Cincinnati Reds

15-18, All-Star Break, All-Star Game at Flushing, N.Y.

19-21, at Chicago White Sox

22-25, at New York Mets

26-28, St. Louis Cardinals

29-31, Colorado Rockies

August

1, Colorado Rockies

2-4, at Philadelphia Phillies

5-7, at Washington Nationals

8, Open date

9-11, Miami Marlins

12-14, Philadelphia Phillies

15, Open date

16-18, Washington Nationals

19, Open date

20-21, at New York Mets

22-25, at St. Louis Cardinals

26, Open date

27-29, Cleveland Indians

30-31, Miami Marlins

September

1, Miami Marlins

2-4, New York Mets

5, Open date

6-8, at Philadelphia Phillies

9-12, at Miami Marlins

13-15, San Diego Padres

16-18, at Washington Nationals

19, Open date

20-22, at Chicago Cubs

23-25, Milwaukee Brewers

26-29, Philadelphia Phillies

20 comments Add your comment

reckingball

September 12th, 2012
2:03 pm

Kat

September 12th, 2012
2:03 pm

I’m liking the Toronto, Detroit.. KC and SF would be cool too. Oh the traveling plans begin :)

MiamiDave

September 12th, 2012
2:13 pm

C’mon reckingball, thought you were better than that…

MiamiDave

September 12th, 2012
2:17 pm

Looking forward to the day where there will be a true balanced schedule– 25 teams plays 6 games= 150 games (home and home) while other 12 games are split between the remaining 4 teams 3 games each (2- 3 games set at home & 2- 3 games set away) = 162 games

DAM

September 12th, 2012
2:18 pm

Is that really true, 2 games at Toronto, then fly to Atlanta to play at home against the Jays the very next 2 days?

Peter

September 12th, 2012
2:36 pm

Its weird not seeing the Astros on the schedule.

Same Ole, negative dumbazz comments

September 12th, 2012
2:44 pm

Don’t know what you are talking about.

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Dum-Bass

September 12th, 2012
4:07 pm

Bad timing for this article. Could it not have waited until the season is over? In other words, only a handful would even care. We may not even be here the way things are going in this world. There are more important things to care about than who the Braves are playing in 2013. Once they lose their only WC playoff game even more people will jump off the bandwagon than did last year. The Braves “fandom” is dwindling fast, and rightfully so. Ownership and management is satisfied with mediocrity!

Dum-Bass

September 12th, 2012
4:14 pm

“DAM”, I see what you are talking about. DOB must have the bottle out early today. He does say two games in Toronto on May 27-28 and then two in ATL on May 29-30 vs Toronto? That would have to be one of the stupidest scheduling boo-boos of all time. Maybe they could just both fly to St. Louis and play there, that’s halfway. That would make just as much sense.

Dum-Bass

September 12th, 2012
7:54 pm

I see now on MLB-news that stupid thing that “DAM” mentioned and I commented on is a planned thing, a quirk if you will. That actually makes it even more stupid. Probably another Bud Selig idea.
Why don’t they just use one plane for both teams, ferry them back and forth, and have a “social” while they are at it. Teams already fraternize too much as it is, on the field especially. Plus the Braves have that “hugging thing” down to a T. Maybe they could teach it to the Blue Jays, and have a hugging fest!

northbeach Scott

September 12th, 2012
8:41 pm

Isn’t our last day on earth 12/22/12, per the Mayan calendar? Seems like a waste of time to even plan anything past that date. I thought the retailers cancelled Christmas sales this year as it will all be over. At least the Dodgers will not have actually honor those crazy BoSox contracts. Meh.

cornjolio

September 13th, 2012
4:48 pm

Hopefully, Uggla, Hanson, Jurrjens & Fredi will be gone next season …

NY Mets Fan

September 14th, 2012
6:56 am

Regarding the 2013 Schedule: The simplest way to set the schedule would be for each team to play 18 games against others in their division, and six games against each team in the other two divisions.. That’s a total of 132 games, and theother 30 games could be 6 games apiece against 5 other teams in the other league, prefarably against just teams in one division, which would at least greate a balanced schedule within each division.

NY Mets Fan

September 14th, 2012
6:56 am

Regarding the 2013 Schedule: The simplest way to set the schedule would be for each team to play 18 games against others in their division, and six games against each team in the other two divisions.. That’s a total of 132 games, and theother 30 games could be 6 games apiece against 5 other teams in the other league, prefarably against just teams in one division, which would at least greate a balanced schedule within each division.

VanF

September 14th, 2012
2:00 pm

I think inter-league play stinks. It effects the total outcome of the season.
Open up in new cities instead. Memphis, Oklahoma, New Orleans, even Nashville would love to have a club. A tri-state club in Tunica, Mississippi would put fans from three states.
Look at the American teams the braves played this year compared to the other teams?

Tyler Volz

September 14th, 2012
10:33 pm

Huh? The entire NL plays each other and some random AL teams. They didn’t play any different AMerica’ teams.

David Robinson

September 26th, 2012
12:09 am

I wished that either the Arizona Diamondbacks or the Colorado Rockies were going to move to the AL instead of Houston. With the exception of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, states with at least two teams should have one in the AL and one in the NL, which makes a variety of “league flavor” where fans would travel to see according to what they like. They would have a chance to play each other in interleague play but keep it pure like that with the state AL/NL thing. Or maybe somewhere down the line we may see a third Texas city get a team and it would be placed in the NL.

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