MLB to start season with interleague play

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MLB to start season with interleague play

One of baseball’s traditional home openers will have an innovative twist next season.

The Cincinnati Reds will host the Los Angeles Angels on April 1, becoming the first teams to start their seasons with an interleague matchup. “It’s a little strange, but Anaheim has a lot of big-name guys,’’ Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo said.

“It’ll be Albert Pujols coming back for the first time. It’s a nice mix for us. It’s strange, but I’d rather do that than open with Milwaukee or someone in our division we see all the time.’’

The Reds, the first professional team, celebrate opening day with a parade and have opened all but four seasons at home: 1885, 1888, 1966 and 1990, according to STATS LLC.

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