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Cubs' 2013 Schedule Includes First-Ever Visit To Oakland

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The Cubs, and the rest of MLB, announced the 2013 schedule Wednesday. It includes the Cubs' first-ever trip to Oakland to play the Athletics.

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2013 will bring major changes to baseball -- the Astros heading to the American League, which means 15 teams in each league and interleague play year-round.

For the Cubs, it will mean their first-ever trip to Oakland to face the Athletics in early July. The Cubs and A's have met twice, in 2004 and 2010, both times at Wrigley Field. The Cubs will also face the rest of the AL West -- including, of course, the Astros. All of the Cubs' interleague play will be before the All-Star break, and they will again finish the home season on a Wednesday.

The Cubs' opener is Monday, April 1, 2013, at Pittsburgh against the Pirates. The home opener will be against the Brewers, a week after that on Monday, April 8. In a bit of a departure from past practice, there is no off day after the home opener. The first interleague series will be at home against the Rangers, April 16-18. There are a lot of odd two-game series with multiple off-days in a week; the Cubs will also face the White Sox in a pair of back-to-back two-game sets in May. Maybe 2013 will be better than 2012. We can only hope.

The complete schedule is below. I'll place this post's link on the left sidebar, and update it with game times when they're available.

Home games in CAPS. All times CDT:

April 1, 3-4: at Pirates (12:35, 6:05, 11:35 am) April 5-6-7: at Braves (6:30, 6:10, 12:35) April 8-9-10: BREWERS (1:20, 7:05, 7:05, 1:20) April 11-12-13-14: GIANTS (1:20, 12:05, 1:20) April 16-17-18: RANGERS (7:05, 7:05, 1:20) April 19-20-21: at Brewers (7:10, 6:10, 1:10) April 22-23-24: at Reds (6:10, 6:10, 11:35) April 25-26-27-28: at Marlins (6:10, 6:10, 6:10, 12:10) April 29-30, May 1-2: PADRES (7:05, 7:05, 7:05, 1:20) May 3-4-5: REDS (1:20, 12:05, 1:20) May 7-8: CARDINALS (7:05, 1:20) May 10-11-12: at Nationals (TBD, TBD, TBD) May 13-14-15: ROCKIES (7:05, 7:05, 7:05) May 16-17-18: METS (1:20, 3:05, 1:20) May 21-22-23: at Pirates (6:05, 6:05, 11:35 am) May 24-25-26: at Reds (6:10, 3:10, 12:10) May 27-28: at White Sox (6:10, 7:10) May 29-30: WHITE SOX (1:20, 1:20) May 31, June 1-2: DIAMONDBACKS (1:20, TBD, 1:20) June 4-5: at Angels (9:05, 9:05) June 7-8-9: PIRATES (1:20, 3:05, 1:20) June 10-11-12-13: REDS (7:05, 7:05, 1:20, 1:20) June 14-15-16: at Mets (6:10, 12:10, 12:10) June 17-18-19-20: at Cardinals (7:15, 7:15, 7:15, 7:15) June 21-22-23: ASTROS (1:20, 3:05, 1:20) June 25-26-27: at Brewers (7:10, 7:10, 1:10) June 28-29-30: at Mariners (9:10, 6:15, 3:10) July 2-3-4: at Athletics (9:05, 9:05, 3:05) July 5-6-7: PIRATES (1:20, 3:05, 1:20) July 9-10-11: ANGELS (7:05, 7:05, 7:05) July 12-13-14: CARDINALS (1:20, 6:15, 7:05) July 15-16-17-18: All-Star break July 19-20-21: at Rockies (7:40, 7:10, 3:10) July 22-23-24-25: at Diamondbacks (8:40, 8:40, 8:40, 8:40) July 26-27-28: at Giants July 29-30-31: BREWERS (7:05, 7:05, 7:05) August 1-2-3-4: DODGERS (7:05, 1:20, 3:05, 1:20) August 6-7-8: at Phillies (6:05, 6:05, 12:05) August 9-10-11: at Cardinals (7:15, 6:15, 1:15) August 12-13-14: REDS (7:05, 1:20, 1:20) August 16-17-18: CARDINALS (1:20, 12:05, TBD) August 19-20-21-22: NATIONALS (7:05, 7:05, 7:05, 1:20) August 23-24-25: at Padres August 26-27-28: at Dodgers August 30-31, September 1: PHILLIES (1:20, 3:05, TBD) September 2-3-4: MARLINS (1:20, 7:05, 7:05) September 6-7-8: BREWERS (1:20, 12:05, 1:20) September 9-10-11: at Reds September 12-13-14-15: at Pirates September 16-17-18-19: at Brewers (7:10, 7:10, 7:10, 1:10) September 20-21-22: BRAVES (1:20, 3:05, 1:20) September 23-24-25: PIRATES (7:05, 7:05, 1:20) September 27-28-29: at Cardinals (7:15, 6:15, 1:15)