Major League Baseball’s 2020 season officially began Thursday night but with 14 games on the schedule Friday, we’ll call this Opening Day proper.
And with a 60-game season and expanded playoffs, it’s going to be a year unlike any other.
Friday’s slate begins at 4:10 p.m. ET with the Mets and Braves facing off at Citi Field. Elsewhere, the Cubs host the Brewers (7:10 p.m.) and the Diamondbacks visit the Padres (9:10 p.m.) in a series that could already shape the course of those division races.
Some other big stories today include White Sox phenom Luis Robert making his big-league debut, Madison Bumgarner’s Arizona debut and the Astros’ first competitive game since the cheating scandal that dominated the offseason.
Stick around for updates and highlights from Friday’s games (all times EST):
MLB announced its latest COVID-19 test results, with six of 10,939 tests coming back positive in the past week. The league said that four of the positives were players and two were staff members.
In early lineup news, Luis Robert is batting seventh and starting in center field for the White Sox. The 22-year-old signed a $50 million extension in the offseason – that could be worth $88 million – before even playing a game in the majors.
“He’s got all the tools. When somebody signs a pretty good deal before they even get to the big leagues, then you know they’ve got a real shot to be special,” White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel said of Robert. “And he knows that, which is great. But he also puts in the work”
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