Updated: September 10, 2013 11:15PM
CINCINNATI — The Cubs’ rebuilding process won’t get any easier next year in its third season, if only because of a schedule that figures to be tougher.
After going 13-7 against an American League West-tilted interleague schedule this year, the Cubs draw an East-centric schedule of AL opponents next season, including four games against the New York Yankees and series at Boston and Toronto.
They also have home series against Tampa Bay and Baltimore in August. They play the Yankees twice at Yankee Stadium in April and twice at home in May.
“It’s obviously the toughest division in baseball,” manager Dale Sveum said. “Even though Toronto’s record isn’t what it could be, they should still be really good next year.
“You can’t predict how good divisions are going to be. Like the American League guys that got stuck with the National League Central this year, with three of the best teams in all of baseball in one division. But we know one thing, the American League East is usually a pretty strong division.”
The annual crosstown series against the White Sox is May 5-8, the first two at Wrigley before switching to the South Side.
For the second year in a row, the Cubs open the season in Pittsburgh, this time March 31. The home opener is April 4 against Philadelphia.