The Texas Rangers will open the 2013 season on the road at Houston. The three-game series is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 2, the Astros' first regular season game as an American League team.
The Rangers released next season's schedule this afternoon.
It's the first time since 2008 that the Rangers have opened on the road. Their home opener is scheduled for Friday, April 5 against the Los Angeles Angels. They will play the Angels for three games and then have a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rangers' first interleague series will be at the Chicago Cubs on April 16-18. There will be interleague games all season with the Astros joining the AL, splitting the National League and AL evenly with 15 teams.
The Rangers and Astros had been a mainstay in interleague play, but the new Rangers "rival" will be the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013. They will have a day-night doubleheader on Memorial Day, the first time the Rangers have had a doubleheader on their season-opening schedule since 1991.
The rest of the interleague play for the Rangers include home series against the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, and Pittsburgh Pirates and series on the road with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Brewers.
The Rangers will close the season with seven home games. The Rangers have a 10-game, 11-day road trip to start August with a three-game series against Oakland and Anaheim and then a four-game series at Houston.
The full schedule is attached:
Rangers 2013 Schedule
-- Drew Davison