Minnesota sports fans have probably already turned their attention to the Vikings with the Minnesota Twins out of the postseason hunt, but they can cast a hopeful eye toward 2013 now that Major League Baseball has released teams' schedules for next season.
There are intriguing changes in the American League with the Houston Astros moving to the AL from the NL and interleague play going on all season instead of in May and June. The Twins open the season at home, Target Field, against the Detroit Tigers on April 1.
NL opponents for the Twins include Milwaukee, Miami, Atlanta, the New York Mets, Washington and Philadelphia. There are four straight games with the Brewers in late May, two in Wisconsin and two at home.
The Twins close out the season at home with seven divisional games against Detroit and Cleveland.