NEW YORK (AP) — Every major league team will play each other in the same season for the first time next year as the sport moves to its first balanced schedule since 2000.

As a result of the format change agreed to in the March lockout agreement, high-profile games between division rivals such as Yankees-Red Sox, Dodgers-Giants and Cubs-Cardinals will be reduced from 19. Intradivision games will fall from 47% to 32%.

One team will host all 29 other clubs at least once every two seasons.

“I think it’s great for the fans,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “I’m so tired of playing with the same people.”

Major League Baseball said Wednesday it will open the 2023 season on March 30 and again try to have every team start on the same day, which last happened in 1968.

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