Mets-Royals opener highlights 2016 schedule

Baseball Will the 2016 Major League Baseball season open with a 2015 World Series rematch?It could happen. The National League East-leading Mets are slated to visit the American League Central-leading Royals to open the season April 4, according to the schedule released Tuesday. MORE: 's worst contractsShould both of those teams advance as far as they hope to this fall, that matchup could get bumped up to the night before for the national broadcast on

ESPN. In fact, Sports Business Journal reports there might be multiple games on the Sunday night preceding the traditional Monday openers. If nothing else, we know the drive for the postseason will begin the first week of April and end Sunday, Oct. 2, with 12 intradivisional matchups that could settle the remaining playoff races.Opening Day's marquee interleague matchup gives a preview of the AL vs. NL rotation for 2016, which features the NL East playing the AL Central, the AL West playing the NL Central, and the AL East playing the NL West. Most notable in the latter series of matchups will be the Padres' first visit to Toronto to play the Blue Jays, the final remaining interleague combination to be played since the leagues commingled in 1997. The 87th All-Star Game is scheduled for July 12 at San Diego's Petco Park.