Cleveland Indians fans, with their team woefully out of the postseason race for 2012, can start looking ahead to 2013 now that the Tribe's major league schedule for next year is out.
The Indians' full schedule was released Wednesday. There are intriguing changes with the Houston Astros moving to the American League and interleague play going on all season instead of in May and June.
The Indians open the season at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on April 2. They return home for the home opener on April 8 against the New York Yankees as part of a 10-game homestand.
Cleveland will play in every American League city at least once, and the Tribe is matched up with the NL East in interleague play. That means games against the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins.
Interestingly, the Indians will meet "natural" rivals the Cincinnati Reds for four games straight, two at the Great American Ball Park (May 27-28) and two at Progressive Field (May 29-30).
The season ends with four games in Minnesota Sept. 26-29.