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MLB Schedule 2013: Rangers Open Season Against Astros

Texas will be seeing a lot more of Houston now that the Astros are in the AL West.

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The 2013 MLB schedule will look quite different next season, as the MLB moves to a system where each league has exactly 15 teams.

The Houston Astros move to the AL West from the NL Central gives the Texas Rangers a more natural in-state rival, but it also means that interleague play will occur year-round.

The Rangers will help welcome the Astros to the AL, as they will open the 2013 season with a three-game series in Minute Maid Field.

Texas will have their home opener on April 5, when they begin a three-game weekend series with the LA Angels, who have become the Rangers' main rival in the AL West over the last few seasons.

Every team will play 76 divisional and 20 interleague games in 2013, as the league tries to balance out schedules in order to make both the divisional and wild card races more fair, in terms of the quality of opponents faced.

For more coverage of the Rangers, stay tuned to Lonestar Ball and SB Nation Dallas, while SB Nation's MLB hub has you covered for all the latest on the new schedule.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.