The pageantry and fanfare of Opening Day just continues. What was taken away from Monday's 12-game lid-lifting slate by Mother Nature's early-April mood swings has simply made what was shaping up to be a terrific Tuesday even better.The postponements of the Monday rematch of last year's American League Wild Card
The pageantry and fanfare of Opening Day just continues. What was taken away from Monday's 12-game lid-lifting slate by Mother Nature's early-April mood swings has simply made what was shaping up to be a terrific Tuesday even better.
The postponements of the Monday rematch of last year's American League Wild Card Game between the Astros and Yankees in the Bronx and the intriguing Opening Day duel between the Red Sox and Indians, both trendy picks for division titles in 2016, grab the marquee.
Here are the games to keep an eye out for today:
Let's try this again: HOU@NYY, 1:05 p.m. ET
Last October, the Astros knocked the Yankees out of the postseason with one quick, dominant start by AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel, who outdueled Masahiro Tanaka. On Tuesday, after Monday's weather postponement, we get to see the same matchup go at it.
Houston made some news Monday morning when manager A.J. Hinch announced that Luke Gregerson would retain his role as the team's primary closer while new acquisition Ken Giles will be the setup man. New York also still has a great bullpen, even with lefty Andrew Miller suffering from a fracture in his non-pitching hand.
Bridge of Cys: BOS@CLE, 1:10 p.m. ET
David Price won the AL Cy Young Award in 2012 while with the Rays, and Corey Kluber won it in '14 with the Indians. On Tuesday, the one-day-late matchup between these two pitchers will have Progressive Field abuzz with possibility.
The Red Sox have a rebuilt rotation and bullpen and have been picked by many to reclaim the AL East. They will need a big year from their new ace, Price, and they'll see the first return on their investment Tuesday. The Indians, as usual, are counting on the stoic Kluber to head up what they hope will be one of the best rotations in baseball.
Another spring Classic: NYM@KC, 4:15 p.m. ET, MLB Network
Two days after the Royals held on to beat the Mets, 4-3, in yet another nail-biter between the clubs that made it to last year's World Series, we'll be treated to the second installment in this series on national TV.
The pitching matchup is as much of a contrast in styles as a baseball fan can witness: Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, in his second year in the Majors and with a fastball that can hit triple digits, against Royals righty Chris Young, a veteran who somehow gets outs with heat that tops out in the mid-80s.
The last opener: DET@MIA, 7:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network
The Tigers, Marlins and their fans have waited patiently through all of the games Sunday and Monday, and Tuesday night is their time to shine in their first game of 2016. Justin Verlander takes his rightful place as Detroit's Opening Day starter and will look to build on his resurgent finish to the 2015 season. Wei-Yin Chen gets the ball for the Marlins in his first National League start since departing Baltimore via free agency.
Miller time in Arizona: COL@ARI, 9:40 p.m. ET
A night after Rockies shortstop Trevor Story made history by becoming the first player to homer twice in his Major League debut on Opening Day, the D-backs will officially welcome their new No. 2 starter, Shelby Miller. Miller was acquired in a trade with Atlanta that netted the Braves the No. 1 pick in last year's Draft, shortstop Dansby Swanson, along with outfielder Ender Inciarte and more. There are high expectations for the young right-hander, and Miller will begin trying to live up to them here.
Dodging the injury bullet: LAD@SD, 10:10 p.m. ET
No team has more disabled list concerns than the Dodgers right now, but Los Angeles didn't look too banged up in its 15-0 pasting of the Padres on Opening Night. On Tuesday, the Dodgers will look to one of their healthy starters, new acquisition Scott Kazmir, who will be transitioning to the NL and will look to get back to the form that allowed him to rejuvenate his career with Oakland.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB.