After beginning the 2017 season on the road, the Indians, Blue Jays and Marlins will have their first opportunities to play before friendly crowds today.Home openers are on tap for all three clubs as the White Sox head to Cleveland, the Brewers visit Toronto and the Braves go to Miami.
After beginning the 2017 season on the road, the Indians, Blue Jays and Marlins will have their first opportunities to play before friendly crowds today.
Home openers are on tap for all three clubs as the White Sox head to Cleveland, the Brewers visit Toronto and the Braves go to Miami. Fans can catch these homecoming bouts as well as the rest of the day's 12-game slate -- featuring starts by Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon and Carlos Carrasco -- streaming live on MLB.TV.
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Here's what to watch for throughout the day (all times ET):
Opening Day in Cleveland: CWS@CLE, 4:10 p.m.
Carrasco will look to build upon his strong season debut when the Indians return home for an American League Central bout with the White Sox. Pregame festivities, which will be streamed live on Indians.com, include a ring ceremony, a flag raising and a banner unveiling to celebrate the franchise's sixth AL pennant.
"I'm really excited for that game," Carrasco said. "There's going to be a lot of people and a lot of noise. It's going to be a bit different this year, because of what we did last year."
For Chicago, James Shields will take the hill, coming off a win over the Tigers last Thursday. The right-hander tossed 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one run in Rick Renteria's first win as White Sox manager.
The Dark Knight returns: NYM@PHI, 7:05 p.m.
After completing his recovery from surgery to remove a rib last July, Harvey made his season debut Thursday against the Braves at Citi Field. After a tough '16 season -- Harvey battled Thoracic Outlet Syndrome to go 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA in 17 starts -- he performed well in his first outing of '17, giving the Mets 6 2/3 quality innings. He'll return to the mound today against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
"I try and put everything behind me and move forward," Harvey said. "It's a new year. I have, obviously, one less rib, but I feel strong and ready to go."
The Phillies will counter with offseason-acquisition Clay Buchholz, who joined the club in a trade with Boston this winter. The righty struggled in his first game wearing a Phillies uniform, surrendering four runs on eight hits and a pair of walks in a loss to the Reds in Cincinnati.
Pomeranz makes season debut: BAL@BOS, 7:10 p.m.
Thomas Pomeranz will make his belated season debut today against the Orioles at Fenway Park. After beginning the year on the disabled list with a forearm strain, Pomeranz was scheduled to pitch Thursday against the Pirates, but the game was postponed due to rain. Despite the injury, he pitched six innings in a Minor League intrasquad game in Fort Myers, Fla., last week.
"I feel about normal for the beginning of the year," Pomeranz said. "I feel great. I've got 90 pitches in, I feel that's what most people did the last start, anyway, so I feel I'm right where I need to be."
The Orioles' Dylan Bundy will start opposite Pomeranz. The 24-year-old righty was stellar in his debut, limiting the Blue Jays to one run over seven innings.
Colon, Braves look to spoil Miami opener: ATL@MIA, 7:10 p.m.
The newest member of the Marlins rotation, Dan Straily will toe the rubber in Miami's home opener. Straily, who was acquired via trade in January, didn't fair well in his first start with his new club, yielding five earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings against the Nationals last week.
"It's very frustrating," Straily said. "That's not the way you want to present yourself to your new organization, your new team the first time out."
Straily will be vying for improved results against Colon and the Braves as his club opens its home slate today. Colon enjoyed a promising start to his 20th season in the big leagues, holding his former club, the Mets, to one run and two hits over six innings.
Osuna rejoins Jays for Rogers Centre opener: MIL@TOR, 7:07 p.m.
The Blue Jays will welcome back closer Roberto Osuna as he's expected to be activated off the 10-day disabled list prior to today's home opener. Osuna landed on the DL after returning from the World Baseball Classic with neck spasms, but he was cleared to return for today's Interleague matchup with the Brewers.
"I feel bad to have let my teammates down for 10 days, but I think I'm going to come back stronger," Osuna said. "That's what I have on my mind, and obviously trying to be 100 percent and help the team to win games."
Wily Peralta will start for the Brewers, who have made just two trips to Toronto (2005 and '14) since moving to the National League in 1988. Peralta enters the game with a regular-season scoreless streak of 14 innings, dating back to '16.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.