First, a question: Which team will make the back page of the New York newspaper on Tuesday, April 2?
Now, the reason behind that question: The Yankees and Mets both open the 2013 season at home on Monday, April 1, according to the preliminary schedules released by MLB on Wednesday.
It's a rare occasion when both teams play at home on the same day at any point during the season, but a pair of home openers in the same afternoon? Quite possibly unheard of in recent years.
The Yankees will open against the Boston Red Sox, and the Mets host the San Diego Padres.
The Subway Series, which has been played since 1997, will now be a pair of two-game series. The Mets host the Yankees at Citi Field on May 27-28 and then switch stadiums on May 29-30. All other intra-city rivalry games across MLB -- such as Cubs vs. White Sox and Dodgers vs. Angels -- will occur that same. (Cue up the ESPN "Rivalry Week" graphics!)
Closing out the 2013 season for the Yankees will be a three-game road trip against the Houston Astros, who move to the American League after 2012. Next season will feature interleague games just about every day.
Under the new schedule format, teams play 19 games againt division opponents (76 total games) and then six or seven against each team in that league's other division (66 total). That leaves 20 interleague games spread across eight series,
September 2013 for the Yankees will feature 15 games against American League East opponents.