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When does my team play?

OPENING DAY is the term used to refer to the day that Major League Baseball teams begin their regular season.

This year’s opening day starts on Thursday April 7th and usually falls in the first week of April.

JP Sears #92 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 30, 2022

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JP Sears #92 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 30, 2022Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty

When does my team play?

On April 7th, the first nine pitchers will propose their best pitch for the starting pitches.

The following teams will be pitching on April 7th:

  • Red Sox at Yankees – 1:05 p.m. ET
  • Cubs at Brewers – 2.20pm
  • Mets at Nationals – 4:05 p.m
  • Guardian at Royals – 4:10 p.m
  • Mariners at Twins – 4.10pm
  • Pirates at Cardinals – 4:15 p.m
  • Reds at Braves – 8:08 p.m
  • Astros at Angels – 9:38 p.m
  • Padres at Diamondbacks – 9:40 p.m

The following teams will be pitching on April 8th:

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  • White Sox at Tigers – 1:10 p.m
  • Brewers at Cubs – 2.20pm
  • Athletics in Phillies – 3:05 p.m
  • Orioles at Rays – 3:10 p.m
  • Dodgers at Rockies – 4:10 p.m
  • Marlins at Giants – 4:35 p.m
  • Mets at Nationals – 7:05 p.m
  • Rangers at Blue Jays – 7:07 p.m
  • Reds at Braves – 7:20 p.m
  • Astros at Angels – 9:38 p.m
  • Padres at Diamondbacks – 9:40 p.m

The full schedule can be viewed on the official MLB website.

When was the first ceremony on opening day?

The first opening ceremony took place on April 22, 1876.

It is also referred to as the first game in the National League.

In 1876 the ceremony took place in Philadelphia.

Boston defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 6-5 at the Jefferson Street Grounds.

“You always get a special kick on opening day no matter how many you go through,” said Joe DiMaggio, Yankees legend and Hall of Famer midfielder.

“You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is about to happen.”

New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) delivers a pitch on March 31, 2022

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New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) delivers a pitch on March 31, 2022Photo credit: Reuters – USA Today Sports

Is opening day always April 7th?

The opening day traditionally takes place on April 7th or in the first week of April.

In recent years the ceremony has sometimes been held in the last week of March.

Many MLB fans consider the day a personal and national holiday.

The Atlanta Braves won the World Series in 2021 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020.

According to Baseball Hall, Walter Johnson was one of the most successful opening-day pitchers in baseball history.

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