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LumberKings Announce 2013 Schedule10/11/2012 4:45 PM ET
By Chad Seely / Clinton LumberKings
Clinton, IA - The Clinton LumberKings have officially announced their 2013 season schedule with game times yet to be determined. Clinton will play 70 home games at Ashford University Field and 70 road games throughout the Midwest League. The LumberKings open the season on the road for the first time since 2009 when they travel to Burlington on Thursday, April 4. After the four-game set with the Bees, Clinton heads to Kane County for three games with the Cougars.
The LumberKings' home opener is set for Thursday, April 11 against the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Clinton begins its fifth season as a Seattle Mariners affiliate after extending the player development contract through the 2014 season.
Clinton plays Wisconsin the most out of any Midwest League opponent with 19 scheduled meetings. They play Beloit, Burlington and Quad Cities 17 times each, Peoria and Cedar Rapids 16 times and have 14 scheduled games against Kane County.
Inter-division play begins on the road this year for Clinton as they travel to Lake County for three games against the Captains beginning on Thursday, April 25. From there, they travel to Fort Wayne for a three-game series with the TinCaps from April 28-30. The LumberKings return home the following day to begin a three-game set with the Dayton Dragons on Wednesday, May 1. The Bowling Green Hot Rods come to town for three games from May 4-6.
After an off day on May 7, Clinton travels to Wisconsin to take on the Timber Rattlers and plays against Western Division opponents for the remainder of the first half. The LumberKings close the half on the road against Beloit from June 14-16 before the entire Midwest League breaks for the 2013 All-Star Game from Monday, June 17 until Thursday, June 20. The Dayton Dragons will host this year's game at Fifth Third Field (Dayton, OH) on Tuesday, June 18.
The LumberKings begin the second half with a four-game series on the road at Burlington from June 20-23. A scheduling quirk has Clinton playing a five-game series at Quad Cities from June 29-July 3. Clinton will return home for a brief two-game series against Burlington as they play at Ashford University Field once again on July 4.
The second half of inter-division play has Clinton visiting West Michigan on Wednesday, July 10 to begin a three-game set. The team then heads south to South Bend for three games with the Silver Hawks. After an off day for the Major League All-Star game in New York (N.L.) on Tuesday, July 16, the LumberKings host the Lansing Lugnuts from July 17-19 and the Great Lakes Loons from July 20-22.
Clinton plays 16 home games in the month of August and concludes the regular season with three games in Clinton against Cedar Rapids from August 31-September 2. The 2013 Midwest League Playoffs will open on Wednesday, September 4.
The longest home stand of the season is eight games when Clinton hosts Beloit and Kane County from July 30-August 6. The longest road trip of the season is seven games, the opening seven against Burlington and Kane County and August 24-30 against Beloit and Peoria.
Season tickets and group parties for the 2012 season are on sale now. Call the LumberKings main office at 563-242-0727 or visit www.lumberkings.com for more information.