MLB releases 2012 schedule
by Matt Snyder cbssportsline.com
Wednesday morning, Major League Baseball revealed its full schedule for the 2012 regular season. We'll hit a few of the highlights here, but keep in mind breaking down a full 162-game slate is a bit different than, say, 16 games (yeah, you understand).
• The newly-named Miami Marlins will open their own -- finally baseball-only -- ballpark on April 4 against the Cardinals. It will be the first game of the season and the only game played on that day (a Wednesday). April 5, a Thursday, there are six games. April 6 has 10 games and then finally there's a full slate of games on Saturday, April 7.
• The first wave of interleague play begins Friday, May 18. It opens with a bang, as we'll get Yankees-Reds, Rays-Braves, Phillies-Red Sox, Brewers-Twins and Cubs-White Sox, among others.
• Some of the more interesting interleague matchups include: the Red Sox visiting the Cubs at Wrigley Field; the Giants against the Angels, a rematch of the 2002 World Series; the Braves visiting the Yankees, a rematch of the 1996 World Series; the Phillies visiting the Blue Jays, possibly seeing Roy Halladay pitch in his former home stadium for the second straight season; and Rays-Phillies, a rematch of the 2008 World Series. And, of course, we'll have all the traditional interleague rivalries like Yankees-Mets, Dodgers-Angels, Cubs-White Sox, Giants-A's, etc.
• The first day of the MLB Draft will be June 4.
• The All-Star Game is July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
• The New York Mets host the Washington Nationals on 9/11. I wonder if there will be a hat controversy again? (Too soon?)
• The last day of the regular season is October 3. As has become customary, the final series for many teams is against a divsional opponent, as the league hopes to have drama on the very last day. Here are the intradivision closing series: Yankees-Red Sox (shocker, I know), Orioles-Rays, Indians-White Sox, Royals-Tigers, Mariners-Angels, A's-Rangers, Marlins-Mets, Phillies-Nationals, Cubs-Astros, Cardinals-Reds, Diamondbacks-Rockies, Dodgers-Giants.