MLB Opening Week 2024: Schedule, how to watch ESPN games, more


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MLB Opening Week is finally here.
All 30 teams will play in 15 games on Opening Day — Thursday — with Angels-Orioles kicking off the fun in the late afternoon after two of the day’s first games were canceled due to weather. Later on, the reigning champion Rangers open their season by hosting Cody Bellinger and the Cubs on ESPN.
Thirty of the best pitchers across the majors will take the mound, including 20 All-Stars, four pitchers who will be debuting for new clubs and one who will make his first career start on Opening Day.
Additionally, ESPN will broadcast a number of games during Opening week, including two games of an American League showdown between the Yankees and Astros.
What are the most important things to know from the offseason going into the 162-game marathon that is the 2024 season? What are the most exciting matchups on Thursday? What are some storylines to watch? And what other Opening Week games can you watch on ESPN?
We have you covered on everything you need to be prepared for Opening Week, from season previews and analysis to the Opening Day schedule and ESPN’s other games.
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Opening Day schedule
(All times ET)
The pitching matchup: Patrick Sandoval vs. Corbin Burnes
The pitching matchup: Tarik Skubal vs. Garrett Crochet
The pitching matchup: Pablo Lopez vs. Cole Ragans
The pitching matchup: Nestor Cortes vs. Framber Valdez
The pitching matchup: Mitch Keller vs. Jesus Luzardo
The pitching matchup: Logan Webb vs. Yu Darvish
The pitching matchup: Miles Mikolas vs. Tyler Glasnow
The pitching matchup: Jose Berrios vs. Zach Eflin
The pitching matchup: Josiah Gray vs. Frankie Montas
The pitching matchup: Justin Steele vs. Nathan Eovaldi
The pitching matchup: Shane Bieber vs. Alex Wood
The pitching matchup: Brayan Bello vs. Luis Castillo
The pitching matchup: Kyle Freeland vs. Zac Gallen
Opening Week on ESPN
(All times ET)
The pitching matchup: Nestor Cortes vs. Framber Valdez
The pitching matchup: Justin Steele vs. Nathan Eovaldi
The pitching matchup: Nick Pivetta vs. George Kirby
The pitching matchup: Kenta Maeda vs. Michael Soroka
The pitching matchup: Clarke Schmidt vs. TBD
The pitching matchup: Steven Matz vs. Gavin Stone


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