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Blue Jays @ Yankees
At Yankee Stadium
LHP
0-0, 3.38 ERA, 5 SO
Ryu opens as the Blue Jays' undisputed ace, coming off a 2.69 ERA in 2020. He's built up close to 90 pitches in Spring Training, too, so the veteran lefty should be free to stretch deep into this Opening Day matchup against the Yankees.
RHP
0-0, 3.38 ERA, 8 SO
Cole draws his second Opening Day assignment as the Yankees’ ace. Cole was 7-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 12 starts last season, then pitched to a 2.95 ERA in three playoff outings. Coming off a year in which no pitcher was able to handle a full workload, Cole is one of the few horses who can think about 200 innings.
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Indians @ Tigers
At Comerica Park
Tigers home opener
RHP
0-1, 4.50 ERA, 12 SO
For the second straight year, Bieber will get the Opening Day start for the Indians. Last year, he set a franchise Opening Day record by striking out 14 batters in six innings against the Royals.
LHP
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SO
In his second consecutive Opening Day start for the Tigers, Boyd is looking to rebound from an MLB-high 6.71 ERA and 15 home runs allowed in 2020. He tweaked his arsenal this spring with a renewed emphasis on his changeup to complement his sharp slider.
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Twins @ Brewers
At American Family Field
Brewers home opener
RHP
0-0, 2.08 ERA, 5 SO
Maeda will make his first Opening Day start in the United States after posting a 2.70 ERA in 2020 and finishing as the AL Cy Young Award runner-up. He’s worked to add a curveball this spring, and he’s just as excited to hit in an NL park as he is to pitch.
RHP
0-0, 6.75 ERA, 5 SO
After losing a pitchers’ duel with the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks last year, Woodruff will become the first Brewers starter to work consecutive Opening Day games since Yovani Gallardo pitched five in a row from 2010-14.
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Pirates @ Cubs
At Wrigley Field
Cubs home opener
RHP
0-0, 3.00 ERA, 2 SO
Kuhl will make his first career Opening Day start. The right-hander is entering his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018. With the Pirates' busy offseason, he has become one of the most tenured starters on the team.
RHP
0-1, 9.00 ERA, 4 SO
Hendricks will be making his second straight Opening Day start for the Cubs, following a shutout in his first opener last year. The righty has gone 36-20 with a 2.54 ERA in 87 career starts at home, but he has a 4.29 ERA in 23 March/April outings.
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Braves @ Phillies
At Citizens Bank Park
Phillies home opener
LHP
0-0, 3.60 ERA, 8 SO
Fried will be making his first career Opening Day start and the first by a Braves left-hander since Tom Glavine in 2002. The southpaw finished fifth in National League Cy Young Award voting last year after going 7-0 with a 2.25 ERA.
RHP
0-0, 2.70 ERA, 6 SO
Nola starts his fourth consecutive Opening Day for the Phillies, the most since Hall of Fame left-hander Steve Carlton started 10 in a row from 1977-86. This will be the third time Nola has faced the Braves on Opening Day.
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Dodgers @ Rockies
At Coors Field
Rockies home opener
LHP
0-1, 7.94 ERA, 2 SO
After injuries prevented him from pitching on Opening Day in each of the last two seasons, Kershaw will make his ninth Opening Day start, the most in franchise history. Kershaw struggled this spring, posting a 10.22 ERA in four starts. The left-hander allowed one run over seven innings in his lone start at Coors Field last season.
RHP
0-0, 2.25 ERA, 2 SO
Last time he faced the Dodgers, Márquez went seven innings and struck out five while giving up two runs and five hits in a Rockies win Sept. 5 at Dodger Stadium. He has a 2.54 ERA in nine games vs. the Dodgers.
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D-backs @ Padres
At Petco Park
Padres home opener
LHP
0-0, 13.50 ERA, 6 SO
Bumgarner looks to bounce back from a disappointing 2020 season when he takes the mound on Opening Day against the Padres. This will be Bumgarner's seventh career Opening Day start and his second in a row with the D-backs.
RHP
0-0, 7.71 ERA, 6 SO
Darvish, who arrived from the Cubs in a seven-player trade in December, finished second in the NL Cy Young Award voting in 2020. He's the first pitcher to receive Cy votes, then start Opening Day for the Padres since Jake Peavy in ’08.
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Cardinals @ Reds
At Great American Ball Park
Reds home opener
RHP
0-0, 12.46 ERA, 4 SO
Flaherty will be making his second straight Opening Day start after twirling seven solid innings against the Pirates to open 2020. He’s coming off a tough ‘20, one rife with adversity and build-up from a midseason pause, but he rebounded to end the year strong in the NL Wild Card Series.
RHP
0-1, 21.60 ERA, 0 SO
Castillo is making his second Opening Day start and first since 2019. He was 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA in his final five starts last season. That included against the Cardinals on Sept. 11 at Busch Stadium. He threw a two-hit complete game for a 3-1 victory.
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Rangers @ Royals
At Kauffman Stadium
Royals home opener
RHP
0-0, 135.00 ERA, 1 SO
Gibson will notch his first Opening Day start against Kansas City, the same team he made his Major League debut against in 2013. The righty is looking to bounce back from a tough 2020 season in which he posted a 5.35 ERA. He added a cutter to his arsenal this offseason and is confident as a leader of a young Rangers pitching staff.
RHP
0-0, 40.50 ERA, 0 SO
Keller will make his second Opening Day start after posting a 2.47 ERA across nine starts and 54 2/3 innings in 2020. In his last Opening Day start in ‘19, he shut out the White Sox over seven innings, allowing just two hits.
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Rays @ Marlins
At loanDepot park
Marlins home opener
RHP
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 SO
With Blake Snell and Charlie Morton no longer with them, the Rays turn to Glasnow to start on Opening Day. The hard-throwing righty, who averaged 14.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 2020, will try to become the second Tampa Bay pitcher to reach double figures in K's on Opening Day. Chris Archer struck out 12 batters on Opening Day in '16.
RHP
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 SO
Alcantara will become the ninth pitcher in franchise history to start consecutive Opening Days. Last year, he held the Phillies to one earned run over 6 2/3 innings in a win. The 25-year-old faced the Rays in back-to-back starts after returning from COVID-19. In the first, he gave up eight runs (five earned) in four-plus frames. The next time around, Alcantara allowed just one run in six innings en route to five straight quality starts to end the regular season.
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White Sox @ Angels
At Angel Stadium
Angels home opener
RHP
0-0, 3.38 ERA, 8 SO
Giolito earned his second straight Opening Day start, making him the first White Sox right-hander to have such an honor since Jaime Navarro in 1997-98. Giolito fanned 30 over 23 Cactus League innings in six Arizona starts.
RHP
0-0, 4.50 ERA, 6 SO
A good spring can’t hurt a pitcher’s chances in terms of Opening Day honors, but in Bundy’s case, that wasn’t what drove manager Joe Maddon’s decision. Bundy had a strong year in 2020, posting a 3.29 ERA and 1.036 WHIP over 11 starts.
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Astros @ Athletics
At Oakland Coliseum
Athletics home opener
RHP
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 SO
This will be the fifth Opening Day assignment for Greinke, who started for the Royals in 2010 and the D-backs in ’16-17 and ’19. He’s never won on Opening Day, though, going 0-1 with an 8.20 ERA. That includes two starts with the D-backs in which he gave up seven earned runs.
RHP
0-1, 5.06 ERA, 3 SO
Chris Bassitt draws the first Opening Day assignment of his career. The 32-year-old emerged as Oakland’s unlikely ace in 2020, going 5-2 with a 2.29 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 63 innings. The right-hander looked sharp this spring, posting a 1.74 ERA in three starts.
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Giants @ Mariners
At T-Mobile Park
Mariners home opener
RHP
0-0, 1.35 ERA, 6 SO
Gausman will make his second career Opening Day start and first for the Giants. He started the Orioles' 2017 opener and fired 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball in Baltimore's 3-2 win over the Tigers.
LHP
0-0, 7.50 ERA, 2 SO
The left-hander will take the hill on Opening Day for the third year in a row, putting him in some rare Mariners company -- only Félix Hernández, Randy Johnson and Jamie Moyer started more regular-season openers.
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Orioles @ Red Sox
At Fenway Park
Red Sox home opener
LHP
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 SO
RHP
0-1, 1.69 ERA, 4 SO
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Mets @ Nationals
At Nationals Park
Nationals home opener
RHP
6-2, 0.54 ERA, 111 SO
RHP
0-0, -.-- ERA, 0 SO
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