MLB Opening Day: Updates, Matchups, Start Times and Streaming

1. April 2021, 12:10 ET.

1. April 2021, 12:10 ET.

The Astros’ spring training this year and last year were marked by fan dissatisfaction, but Thursday they will face a hostile crowd for the first time since their cheating plan was revealed. Credit…Franklin II/Associated Press

The expected highlights of the opening day, which takes place from 13:05. In the East, until about 1 a.m., there is the return of Hall of Famer Tony La Russa as manager of the Chicago White Sox, the debut of Francisco Lindor with the Mets and the start of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ title defense.

But the most interesting game of the day will likely be the Houston Astros’ home opener in Oakland, where they will play in front of a hostile crowd for the first time since their elaborate signature steal (which helped the team win the 2017 World Series) was debunked. This game between the Astros and Athletics is one of four opening day games that will air nationally on ESPN. Here’s the full-time schedule.

  • Toronto Blue Jays vs. Yankees, 1:05 p.m., ESPN (East).
  • Cleveland-Detroit Tigers, 1:10 p.m.
  • Baltimore Orioles-Boston Red Sox, 2:10 p.m.
  • Minnesota Twins – Milwaukee Brewers, 2:10 p.m.
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
  • Atlanta Braves-Philadelphia Phillies, 3:05 p.m., ESPN+.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres, 4:10 p.m.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – Colorado Rockies, 4:10 p.m., ESPN.
  • St. John’s St. Louis Cardinals – Cincinnati Reds, 4:10 p.m.
  • Tampa Bay Rays – Miami Marlins, 4:10 p.m.
  • Texas Rangers-Kansas City Royals, 4:10 p.m.
  • Mets-Washington Nationals, 7:09 p.m., ESPN.
  • Chicago White Sox – Los Angeles Angels, 10:05 p.m.
  • Houston Astros – Oakland Athletics, 10:07 p.m., ESPN.
  • San Francisco Giants – Seattle Mariners, 10:10 p.m.

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1. April 2021, 12:05 ET.

1. April 2021, 12:05 ET.

Rangers fans got a look at Globe Life Field in two practice games Monday and Tuesday…Credit…Jonathan Zizzo for The New York Times….

Last season, fans were not allowed to attend regular season games, but beginning with the 2021 season, they will be allowed at all Major League parks.

The capacity of the various parks ranges from just over 1,000 seats at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, which will serve as the temporary home of the Toronto Blue Jays, to full capacity for at least one game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, where the Texas Rangers plan to open their new ballpark after it sits empty until the 2020 postseason.

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1. April 2021, 12:01 AM ET.

1. April 2021, 12:01 AM ET.

Whit Merrifield Kansas City Royals have 637 hits from 2017, the most of any player in the American League…Orlin Wagner/Associated Press.

Keeping track of the offseason moves of 30 teams can be a challenge. Fortunately, Tyler Kepner took the time to go through all 30 teams and highlight why they are optimistic, why they are pessimistic, and the key statistics for each team.

Did you know that the Philadelphia Phillies led in 48 of 60 games last season (even though they only won 28 games)? Would you guess that Whit Merrifield of the Kansas City Royals leads the American League in hits since 2017? Tyler did it.

Tyler also made some predictions for the postseason, and Los Angeles Dodgers fans will want to read them all the way through.

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