Cubs, White Sox Interleague Series Reduced To 4 Games

CHICAGO - JUNE 27: A general view of U.S. Cellular Field as the Chicago White Sox take on the Chicago Cubs on June 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the White Sox 8-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The White Sox and Cubs will have two fewer in-city games in the coming season.

The so-called "City Series" is losing a chunk of games as the MLB schedule realigns in 2013. According to the Chicago Tribune, the regional rivalry games -- such as the New York Mets versus the New York Yankees -- will be reduced in deference to greater in-division balance:

"The fairness issue was the reason to move away from playing six games against certain opponents every year," [union leader Michael Weiner] said. "The Mets, for instance, have had six games against the Yankees every season while other teams in their division might play teams that aren’t as strong. We are moving off that."

The Chicago White Sox won the 2012 edition of the City Series, beating the Chicago Cubs two games to four. The average attendance for the six games -- three in Wrigley Field, three at US Cellular Field -- was well above 30,000.

For more news and updates from around the league, drop by the Baseball Nation hub or check out the sabermetrics blog Beyond the Box Score for a deeper look into the game.

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