MLB Schedule 2013: Cardinals Face Angels In July

Apr 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) gets ready to field a ball in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Albert Pujols is on the schedule in 2013, as MLB unveils a new system that will feature interleague play nearly every day.

MLB released its 2013 schedule, which will feature one less team in the NL Central, on Wednesday, but the big story for any Cardinals fan is their three-game road series with the LA Angels on July 2.

Barring a somewhat unlikely World Series matchup, it will be the first time that Cardinals legend Albert Pujols plays against his old team after he left for the West Coast in free agency last winter.

He won't be the only familiar face in the AL West, as the Houston Astros, who faced off against St. Louis in some memorable playoff series over the last decade, will be switching leagues.

The move will give each league exactly 15 teams, which means that interleague play, once reserved for a few weeks in the summer, will now be occurring on an almost daily basis around MLB.

Each team will play 76 divisional games, 20 interleague games and 66 games against the other 10 teams in their respective leagues.

St. Louis will kick off the season on April 1 with a six-game road trip against the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants, while their home opener will be on April 8 against the Cincinnati Reds.

For more coverage of the Cardinals, stay tuned to Viva El Birdos and SB Nation St. Louis, while SB Nation's MLB hub has you covered for all the latest on the new schedule.

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