You can visit www.orioles.com/schedule for the Baltimore Orioles' schedule in 2013. If you do, you'll notice one very subtle difference that we haven't seen in awhile. I would direct you to the date April 14th, which is a Sunday (the second Sunday of the season to be exact). The O's are scheduled to take on the New York Yankees at 8 PM that night. Yes folks, you read that correctly…8 PM on a Sunday night. That means that the Orioles will be featured on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball that week in the finale of a weekend series in New York.

Not counting a doubleheader late in a season (which culminated on a Sunday evening) or a playoff game, the last time the Orioles were featured on Sunday Night Baseball was September 21, 2008. Ironically, that game was also in New York against the Yankees; the final game in the old Yankee Stadium to be exact. However the sole reason the Orioles were playing in prime time that Sunday was because they happened to be the Yankees' opponent in the final game at the venerable old ballpark. This time around the circumstances are a bit different. The O's had a surprising season last year, culminated by a tough playoff series against those same New York Yankees which went to the bitter end. So the league felt compelled enough by the Orioles' 2012 season to throw them into the "game of the week" early in 2013.