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Rangers vs. Astros to kick off the 2013 season in prime time

Jan 3, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

Bunting

MLB just announced that the 2013 season will kick off on the evening of Sunday, March 31 with the Rangers taking on the Astros in Houston, to be broadcast in prime time on ESPN. It’ll be the first-ever American League game for the Astros. The following day ESPN will broadcast the following openers:

  • 1:00pm – Red Sox @ Yankees (ESPN)
  • 4:00pm – Giants @ Dodgers (ESPN)
  • 7:00pm – Phillies @ Braves (ESPN2)
  • 10:00pm – Cardinals @ Diamondbacks (ESPN2)

As usual, the Red Sox and Yankees are totally getting shafted by not being broadcast in prime time. Man.

  1. Jackson Scofield - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Besides Cardinals-Diamondbacks, these are all division rivals. I like that.

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Two teams that wont make the playoffs? Both of which are located in the same market? To kick off the season? They’re just lucky that this is the Astros 1st AL game or this would be mind boggling.

    • sportsdrenched - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Same Market? You do know that Houston & Dallas/Ft Worth are on opposite ends of Texas, right?

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 3, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        Is this a joke?
        Ya I’m sure everyone outside of Texas could care less.
        Those Astro fans are plentiful outside of Houston huh?

        Houston is a very bad team, and the only reason in the world why they are on opening night is because it’s their 1st game in the AL, end of story.

  3. darthicarus - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    MLB is making me wait until the 2nd day of the season to watch the Yankees/Red Sox? DAMMIT ALL!!!! Curious why the other three games are all NL games.

  4. bat42boy - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I’m glad the Yankees and Red Sox are getting shafted on not being in prime time. Couldn’t happen to better teams who don’t deserve to be on TV. Glad to see other teams get the prime time spots.

  5. echech88 - Jan 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Not a fan of either team but wouldn’t the defending World Series champs taking on the glitzy new Dodgers make more sense for the marquee, season-opening game?

    The Astros? Really? A bottom-feeding team switching to the AL is the angle MLB wants to introduce 2013 with?

    Even the Rangers lost their most notable big name star. Weird choice.

    • sometimesimisscandlestick - Jan 3, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Not only that, but Red Sox-Yankees games are never just three hours, so unless ESPN moves the start of the game over to ESPN2, SF and LA fans get hosed.

  6. southpaw2k - Jan 3, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Great, so that Red Sox/Yankees game will start at 1:00, probably go till about 6:00, and have a final of 3-2.

    And all morning ESPN will hype it up as “THE RIVALRY RENEWED TO KICK OFF 2013!”

  7. stex52 - Jan 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I’m surprised by the choice because there is a high probability the Astros-Rangers game will be poorly attended. Not an image I would want to start with.

    • beefytrout - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      You ever been to an Opening Day?

      • stex52 - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        Beefy, next day, so I don’t know if you will check this. But yes, I’ve been to opening day. I go back to the opening of the Astrodome in ’65. Houston has become a pretty good baseball town over the years. I don’t think they have the level of sophistication of a Philly or St. Louis (Dead serious) but they are getting there. They expect performance. They know the Astros have done very little to date to change them from the worst team in the league. Maybe opening day is the best shot, since hope always springs. But they did well to get to 15,000 toward the end of the 2012 season, and people are expecting the same team in 2013.

        It could be disappointing.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      I like it. It’s a nice thing to do for the Astros switch. It gives me warm fuzzies.

  8. husky2score - Jan 3, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    I bet the score will be 10-2. All the Astros did this year was change uniforms, divisions, and signed a free agent here and there. Woopty-doo, lets give em primetime on ESPN.

  9. danielcp0303 - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Since the Houston Astros and Houston Rockets aren’t on tv (unless you have Comcast) it’ll be nice to see the Astros at least once next season. CSN Houston sucks and doesn’t have deals with major carriers

  10. sportsdrenched - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Who cares whose playing…it’s Basebaw!

  11. El Bravo - Jan 3, 2013 at 5:20 PM

  12. proudlycanadian - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    I am pleased that the Jays will not be on ESPN. Thus, they can sneak up on the other teams and catch them unawares.

    • hamfisht - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      C’mon man..obviously the Jays won’t be on ESPN seeing as Sportsnet is the only station that can broadcast their games…get your facts straight buddy

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        You are half right. When the Jays are on the road, US stations do have broadcast rights. Sportsnet only controls their Canadian rights.

  13. hojo20 - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Oh boy! Red Sox – Yankees! A last place team vs. a team with a bunch of washed up old people.

  14. ronmazzz - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Mets and Yankees both opening up at home at 1:00 on the same day … Can you say traffic jam?

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