5 Costliest (and Cheapest) Tickets in Interleague Baseball

NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Baseball's interleague play is back, and so are the high-priced seats for regional rivalries.

Major League Baseball's American League and National League teams are facing off for the 15th consecutive season, which is just about as long as fans have been arguing over the merits of interleague matchups. Interleague supporters love the local and regional rivalries, World Series rematches, pairings of historic franchises and visits by players they wouldn't see during their league's regular schedule.
The Yankees and Mets faced off in May 2011 and do so again today -- at ticket prices of $39 to $561.

The downside is misery that comes from Seattle Mariners/San Diego Padres matchups and other arbitrary scheduling and the futility of American League pitchers stepping into the batter's circle. The novelty of C.C. Sabathia's full frame flailing away at the plate wears off pretty quickly.

Instead of dwelling on the questionable draw of a Miami Marlins/Toronto Blue Jays matchup, however, we decided to take a look at the best interleague rivalries and see which bring the best resale value. With help from Ticketmaster's ( LYV) TicketsNow resale offshoot, we priced out the 10 biggest rivalries and saw which games were selling well above face value and which will probably have tickets available well after the first pitch:

Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds
June 12 at Great American Ballpark
Ticket prices: $8 to $128

The Battle of Ohio or Ohio Cup usually means a lot more within the Buckeye state than it does outside it, but this year is just a bit different. The Reds have muscled their way to the top of the National League Central, while the Indians briefly took the AL Central's top spot before finding themselves in a dogfight with the Chicago White Sox. The Indians have a 39-36 edge in the series, but each team's race for the top could make this series spicier than a bowl of Skyline Chili. That said, the price of a ticket for this matchup is among the lowest on our list.

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