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There's no trick, just a treat for their fans, as the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team announced on Halloween that it will host 11 different opponents in the 2013 season.

The reigning American Association champion Winnipeg Goldeyes announced their 2013 season schedule on Wednesday noting 11 different visitors to Shaw Park is the most in franchise history.

The Goldeyes will open the 2013 season, the baseball club's 20th, on May 17 in Texas for a 10-game road swing against the Grand Prairie AirHogs and Amarillo Sox followed by a four-game set in Nebraska against the Lincoln Saltdogs.

The 2013 home opener is May 27, when the Goldeyes will host the South Division champion Laredo Lemurs.

"From a fan standpoint, the absolute best part about this schedule is the variety and from a team standpoint, the travel is much better than it was last year," said Goldeyes general manager Andrew Collier. "When we talked to the league about going down to Texas to open the season, they accommodated us with having a team to play on the way back with the games against Lincoln. And there's off-days spread throughout."

The Goldeyes opened last season in Texas to avoid the inclement weather that can occur in Winnipeg in late May but endured a 27-hour bus ride home after the last Texas game. In 2013, they stop for four games at Lincoln.

Winnipeg, which will play 100 games in 110 days, will continue to participate in the interlocking play with the Can-Am League that was started last season. In 2013, the Goldeyes will play five series and 17 games against Can-Am League opponents who will be announced at a later date. There will be a 10-game road swing to three different Can-Am League locations.

"We've heard from our fans over the years, especially when we were in the six-team league (former Northern League), that they don't want to see the same teams over and over again," Collier said. "No team comes here more than twice. Even Fargo. They're here for a weekend in May and then they're back at the end of the season."

A seven-game homestand Aug. 27-Sept. 2 will conclude the regular season with North Division rival St. Paul Saints and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks visiting Shaw Park.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @WFPAshleyPrest

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 1, 2012 D4

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