For the baseball purist, and sometimes Buck Showalter, Major League teams should face opponents from both leagues on a regular basis. Thanks to the Houston Astros move to the American League West which allows for an equal number of teams in both leagues, fans of an even-keeled schedule will get their wish next summer. The 2013 season allows for an interleague game on nearly every day of the season, with the Cardinals participating in 20 interleague games throughout the year.

On Thursday, Major League Baseball unveiled their 2013 schedule for all 30 MLB teams. It is technically still tentative, but the master schedule rarely changes. Fitting for a schedule with an increased interleague accent, the first game will be an interleague matchup in Cincinnati, with the Reds taking on Albert Pujols and the Angels.

For the Cards, they open up with a 6-game road trip out west for 3 games in Arizona and 3 in San Fransisco. The road trip includes their first off-day in between the two cities. Here is what you need to know (as of September 14):

A Visit to Pujols: The Cards will travel to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and their old friend Albert Pujols for the first time since his departure. Fittingly, the national spotlight will be in the California sun as the series falls on July 4th.

Tough Opener: The Cards open their home schedule at Busch Stadium versus the powerful Cincinnati Reds on April 8th for a 3-game series. The Reds series is followed by another 3-game set versus the Milwaukee Brewers. The Reds visit St. Louis a second time during April as well.

Road Worries: Arguably the toughest stretch of games on the schedule comes during two 10-game road trips versus 2012 contenders. The first trip takes the Redbirds to Pittsburgh, Philly, and Washington, DC in April; while the second road trip takes the Cards to Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati following the All-Star Break.

A First Time For Everything: The Texas Rangers will make their first ever trip to St. Louis for a 3-game set from June 21-23.

A Homestretch at Home: The Cards finish the 2013 season with 15 of 22 games at Busch Stadium, including a 3-game set with the Cubs to end the year.

The Cards current slate of games to finish the 2012 season is certainly of more importance as the Redbirds try to hang on to their Wild Card lead. But hey, it’s always fun to look ahead to a fresh Major League season.