KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Major League Baseball's altered schedule next year is likely to reduce the number of times the Nationals and Orioles play each other.
Players association executive director Michael Weiner said today a byproduct of the Astros' move to the American League in 2013 will be fewer games between geographic interleague rivals, down from six to either three or four.
Weiner, who held a Q&A with members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, said all teams from one division will play 15 games against another division from the opposite league each year under the new format. For example, every NL East team will play three games against every AL Central team.
Interleague teams deemed as "traditional" rivals would then only play three games against each other, meaning the Nationals and Orioles would play one season in Washington and then the next season in Baltimore.
There is a chance, Weiner said, that the interleague rivals could instead play four total games each season: two in one city, two in the other.