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For first Ever since 1968, Major League Baseball will start the season, with each team playing on Matchday 1, weather permitting.
Thanks to a revision of the collective bargaining agreement that allows more days of the season, the opening stage on March 29 is the earliest in history. Mother Nature is not already fulfilling – the Washington Nationals-Cincinnati Reds game has already been postponed to Friday as bad weather is expected. And with rain on Thursday in Detroit, the game Pirates at Tigers was postponed to 1:10. on Friday.
Seems weird? Do not worry. Here is a look at all 15 matchups – shown with national TV times and what to see in each:
Cubs in Marlins, 12:40, ESPN : Instead of Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna become the Marlins Lewis Brinson and other youngsters behind starter Jose Urena, while the Marlins are officially entering the Derek Jeter era against a Cubs team to see the NLCS for the fourth time.
Cardinals at Mets, 1:10: Ozuna makes his cardinal debut against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, who wants to jump back after a lost 2017 season.
Twins at Orioles, 3:05: The Twins send Jake Odorizzi to the hills for the first time to face Manny Machado, Adam Jones, and the mighty Orioles lineup.
Astros at Rangers, 3:35, ESPN: Houston begins his title defense with Justin Verlander on the hill and looks to be the first team to repeat himself as Champions since the Yankees 2000.  Yankees at Blue Jays, 3:37: Dutch MVP Giancarlo Stanton makes his Yankees debut as he and Aaron Judge lead the Yankees into a season full of World Series expectations.
Red Sox at Rays, 4:00: JD Martinez makes his debut for the first time in Red Sox against a Rays team that will go into the season without Evan Longoria for the first time since 2007.
Angels at Athletics, 4:05: Shohei Ohtani makes his debut in the premier class as the Angels play the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
Brewer at Padres, 4:10: Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich play their first game in a new uniform in a game between two teams that want to make surprise playoff runs. Phillies at Braves, 4:10: Philadelphia unveils a renewed squad from Carlos Santana in first base against a rebuilding Braves team with Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies.
Reds Nationals, 4:10, Friday: Bryce Harper enters the last year of his contract with the Nationals against a Reds team that always uses Opening Day with the Findlay Market Parade. This fanfare will wait until Friday as the Reds postponed the game with bad weather.
White Sox at Royals, 4:15: Yoan Moncada plays in his first opening game as White Sox second baseman against a Kansas City team starting a new era without Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain
Giants at Dodgers, 7:08, ESPN: In Search of the World Series This Year Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw against a new Giants clan, including Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen. Indians at Mariners, 10:10, ESPN: It's all about matching, reigning AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, who plays Felix Hernandez, wants to recover from a disappointing 2017. Hernandez makes his 10th starting day in a row.
Rockies at Diamondbacks, 10:10: This is a rematch of the NL wildcard game that won Arizona 11-8. The Diamondbacks have to reload after losing J. D. Martinez in the free agency while Colorado plans to build last season.