MINNEAPOLIS It's April 12, and the Minnesota Twins are playing the New York Mets. Something about that just doesn't seem right aside from the snow that fell prior to Friday's game.
Just 10 games into the 2013 season, the Twins are playing in their first interleague series of the year. Thanks to the Houston Astros moving to the American League prior to this season, both leagues now have 15 teams. That means on any given night in Major League Baseball, a team from the American League and one from the National League will be playing each other.
This weekend, it happens to be the Twins and Mets.
"It's definitely different and something we haven't had to do. It's always been towards the middle of the season and you get into it," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of the early Interleague play. "I'm glad it's at home and not on the road right now where our pitchers are having to hit. That makes it easier for us. But it definitely is a little different, which we knew was coming."