Rays open 2013 regular season at home on April 2

 

ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Tampa Bay Rays will open the 2013 season at home versus the Baltimore Orioles at
3:10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, according to the Major League Baseball schedule released today.  The schedule is subject to change.  Game times will be released at a later date.

With the Houston Astros switching from the National League to the American League in 2013, both leagues will consist of 15 teams for the first time.  As a result, Interleague Play will take place every day that all 30 teams are scheduled to play.  All teams will play 20 interleague games―two more than previous seasons—76 games within their own division and 33 games against the remaining two divisions in their league.

The Rays 20 interleague games will come against six National League teams including home games against the Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks and road games at the Marlins, Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Rays open Interleague Play, May 3-5 at Colorado and finish on August 11 at Los Angeles.  Dodger Stadium is the only current major league ballpark in which the Rays have never played.  The Rays will play a pair of two-game home and road series with the Marlins and Diamondbacks.

Other schedule highlights include two home weekend series with the New York Yankees (May 24-26 and August 23-25) and one against the Giants (August 2-4), the first games between the Rays and Giants since 2004.

The Rays will play 19 games each against American League East rivals New York Yankees (9 home, 10 away), Boston Red Sox (9 home, 10 away), Toronto Blue Jays (10 home, 9 away) and Orioles (10 home, 9 away).  The 2013 season will be the sixth the Rays have opened against the Orioles, fifth in the last eight years, making them the Rays most frequent Opening Day opponent.  The Rays will close out the season on Sunday, September 29 at Toronto.

Season tickets for 2013 may be reserved by calling 888-FAN-RAYS or online at raysbaseball.com.  Season ticket reservations also provide the opportunity to purchase 2012 postseason ticket packages.

Earlier this month, ESPN the Magazine’s tenth annual “Ultimate Standings” ranked the Rays as the No. 1 professional sports team in Affordability, out of 122 Major League Baseball, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises. It marks the sixth consecutive year that the Rays have been ranked in ESPN’s top three in Affordability.  The Rays were also ranked No. 1 in 2009.