Rangers open '13 vs. new AL West foe in Houston

Rangers open '13 vs. new AL West foe in Houston

ARLINGTON -- A rare scheduled day-night doubleheader against the D-backs in Arizona on Memorial Day is the most unusual quirk in the Rangers' tentative 2013 schedule released on Wednesday.

The two teams will play the doubleheader on May 27 at Chase Field in a one-day visit by the Rangers. The two teams will be off the next day before playing two games on May 28-29 at the Ballpark in Arlington.

Besides the D-backs, the Rangers will host the Reds on June 28-30, the Brewers on Aug. 13-14 and the Pirates on Sept. 9-11 in Interleague Play at the Ballpark in Arlington. Interleague Play will also take the Rangers to Wrigley Field to play the Cubs on April 16-18, to Milwaukee to play the Brewers on May 7-8 and to St. Louis to play the Cardinals on June 21-23.

This will be the first time the Rangers have played the Cardinals in St. Louis during the regular season. The only time the 2011 World Series opponents have met during the regular season was in 2004 at the Ballpark in Arlington. Texas' only visit to Wrigley Field was in 2002.

The Rangers are scheduled to open the season on April 2 against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. That will be the first of three visits the Rangers make to Houston face their new American League West opponent.

The Rangers' home opener is April 5 against the Angels. The Rays will follow the Angels in the six-game opening homestand.

The Rangers have 19 games each against the Astros, Athletics, Mariners and Angels in the new five-team AL West. Texas makes three visits to each of those four teams. All four will also come to Arlington three times during the season. The Rangers will host the Mariners on July 4.

The new schedule also calls for each AL team outside the West to make just one visit to Arlington. The Rangers will also make just one visit to each of the other 10 AL cities. The Rangers will host the Red Sox on May 3-5 and the Yankees on July 22-25.

In all the Rangers will play 20 games against NL teams, 76 against the four teams in the American League West and 66 against the other 10 AL teams.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.