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The MLB season begins today with two high-profile matchups

Baseball is back

The wait is finally over, as the first pitch of the 2020 MLB season is only hours away.

Major League Baseball is the first of the 'Big Four' North American sports (baseball, hockey, basketball, football) to return to regular season play after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world back in March.

Opening Day will see two marquee matchups today before diving into a packed schedule for their 60-game shortened season. The defending champion Washington Nationals will take on the New York Yankees in the first game of the night at 4:08 p.m. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Nationals star outfielder Juan Soto will miss the opener after testing positive for COVID-19.

Game two will see the battle of the NL West with the San Francisco Giants facing the Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:08 p.m. The Dodgers signed superstar Mookie Betts to a 12-year, $365 million contract extension yesterday, locking up the right fielder until the 2032 season.

13 games are on the docket for tomorrow, including the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays. The Mariners will play the Houston Astros at 6:10 p.m., in the first game the Astros have played since their infamous sign-stealing scandal came to light.

The Blue Jays face off against the Tampa Bay Rays in an AL East divisional matchup, with first pitch at 3:40 p.m. This will be an away game for the Jays, since they currently have no home field after the Canadian government denied the Bluebirds' proposal to play in Toronto. The Jays seemed like they were going to host their home games in Pittsburgh at PNC Park, but that request was denied yesterday by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

For the full schedule for the 2020 season, you can visit mlb.com.



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