MLB Opening Day 2019: Schedule, starting pitchers for Thursday

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The 2019 Major League Baseball season gets underway proper Thursday, with all 30 teams in action, starting with the Yankees hosting the Orioles at 1 p.m. ET.

While the Mariners and Athletics already played two official games in Tokyo last week, Thursday marks the earliest Opening Day – excluding international openers – ever.

In Washington, Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer take the hill for the Mets and Nationals, just the second time (1974) that consecutive Cy Young winners have pitched against each other on Opening Day. In Tampa, Blake Snell and Justin Verlander square off in another Cy Young battle.

The biggest story line of the day might be Bryce Harper making his Phillies debut, against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

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(all times Eastern)

1:00 p.m

Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees – Andrew Cashner (4-15, 5.29 ERA) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (12-6, 3.75 ERA) 

1:05 p.m.

New York Mets at Washington Nationals  Jacob deGrom (10-9, 1.70 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (18-7, 2.53 ERA)

2:10 p.m. 

St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers  Miles Mikolas (18-4, 2.83 ERA) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (15-8, 3.50 ERA)

3:05 p.m.

Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies – Julio Teheran (9-9, 3.94 ERA) vs. Aaron Nola (17-6, 2.37 ERA)

3:37 p.m.

Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays – Jordan Zimmermann (7-8, 4.52 ERA) vs. Marcus Stroman (4-9, 5.54 ERA)

4:00 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers – Zack Greinke (15-11, 3.21 ERA) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 1.97 ERA)

Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays – Justin Verlander (16-9, 2.52 ERA) vs. Blake Snell (21-5, 1.89 ERA)

4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers – Jon Lester (18-6, 3.32 ERA) vs. Mike Minor (12-8, 4.18 ERA)

4:07 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics – Trevor Cahill (7-4, 3.76 ERA) vs. Mike Fiers (0-1, 15.00 ERA in 2019; 12-8, 3.56 ERA in 2018)

4:10 p.m.

San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres – Madison Bumgarner (6-7, 3.26 ERA) vs. Eric Lauer (6-7, 4.34 ERA)

Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins – Corey Kluber (20-7, 2.89 ERA) vs. Jose Berrios (12-11, 3.84 ERA)

Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins – Kyle Freeland (17-7, 2.85 ERA) vs. Jose Urena (9-12, 3.98 ERA)

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Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds – Jameson Taillon (14-10, 3.20 ERA) vs. Luis Castillo (10-12, 4.30 ERA)

4:15 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals – Carlos Rodon (6-8, 4.18 ERA) vs. Brad Keller (9-6, 3.08 ERA)

7:00 p.m.

Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners – Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA) vs. Marco Gonzales (1-0, 4.50 ERA in 2019; 13-9, 4.00 ERA in 2018)

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