Giants go back-to-back with Mets, Yanks in '13

Giants go back-to-back with Mets, Yanks in '13

Giants go back-to-back with Mets, Yanks in '13
SAN FRANCISCO -- Coast to coast, the Giants will be seeing double next season.

They'll open their 2013 regular-season schedule the way they'll end this year's, with a three-game series at Los Angeles. The opener is slated for Monday, April 1, at Dodger Stadium.

In a scheduling rarity, the Giants also will play back-to-back series in New York. They'll face the Mets from Sept. 17-19 before taking on the Yankees in an Interleague set Sept. 20-22.

This version of "New York, New York" also will be part of a season-high-equaling 10-game trip that starts in Los Angeles from Sept. 12-15. The Giants have another 10-game sojourn June 24-July 4 to Los Angeles, Colorado and Cincinnati.

Friday, April 5, is the date for the Giants' 56th home opener in San Francisco. St. Louis will provide the opposition for a three-game series. The homestand will continue with an April 8-10 visit from Colorado.

The Dodgers will make their first San Francisco visit May 3-5. That series also will open the Giants' longest homestand of the year, a 10-gamer that includes appearances by Philadelphia (May 6-8) and Atlanta (May 9-12).

San Francisco's Interleague games are spread more evenly than before through the 162-game schedule, as was expected once Houston's move to the American League was announced. With 15 teams in each league, at least one Interleague game will be played daily.

The Giants confront the cross-bay rival A's at home May 27-28 and at Oakland from May 29-30. With the AL East providing the primary Interleague competition next year, the Giants will play a pair of two-game series against Toronto (May 14-15 on the road, June 4-5 at home), visit Tampa Bay from Aug. 2-4, entertain Baltimore from Aug. 9-11 and host Boston from Aug. 19-21.

San Francisco has thrived on the road this season, but that trait will be tested next year. Between June 7 and July 4, the Giants will play 19 of 26 games away from AT&T Park.

Two of three major holidays will find the Giants on the road. Oakland will visit AT&T Park on Memorial Day (May 27), Cincinnati will host the Giants on July 4 and San Francisco will journey to San Diego on Labor Day (Sept. 2).

The Giants will finish the season with a six-game homestand against the Dodgers (Sept. 24-26) and Padres (Sept. 27-29).

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.