LOS ANGELES -- The Cardinals and Dodgers had the unique distinction of being the only Major League clubs not to open Interleague Play this weekend. Instead, all 15 of the Cardinals' games against American League opponents are concentrated in June.
St. Louis plays its first Interleague game on June 8, when the Indians come to Busch Stadium for the start of a three-game series. The Cardinals will then host the White Sox (June 12-14) and Royals (June 15-17) to wrap up that homestand. Their tour against AL Central opponents will take them to Detroit (June 19-21) and Kansas City (June 22-24) before the Cardinals return to playing National League foes.
This will be the last season where Interleague Play will follow a format in which all of the games are limited to a particular period of the season. When the Astros move to the AL in 2013, Interleague games will be played throughout the season. The need for that change will be prompted by having 15 teams in both leagues.
The Cardinals went 8-7 against the AL in 2011 and are 115-105 since the inception of Interleague Play in 1997.