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NEW YORK (AP) -- The World Series champion Giants will play at the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 31, becoming the sixth game scheduled in the major leagues on opening day.
The Thursday openers are baseball's first since 1976.
ESPN will televise a tripleheader starting with Detroit at the New York Yankees, followed by San Diego and St. Louis and concluding with the Giants and Dodgers, which will take the place of an April 4 game between the teams on the original schedule.
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Also scheduled for opening day are Milwaukee at Cincinnati, the Los Angels Angels at Kansas City and Atlanta at Washingon, Major League Baseball said Thursday.
The opener had been on a Sunday night in recent seasons.
With free agency set to begin five days after the World Series ends, two hitters that played for the Giants during the 2017 season have put their names on the open market.
Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor league outfielder Carlos Moncrief have both elected for free agency, according to Baseball America.
The 30-year-old Gillaspie appeared in 44 games for the Giants this past season. He hit just .168/.218/.288 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He was designated for assignment on August 3 and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 5. With the River Cats, Gillaspie hit .375 with four doubles in 15 games in August.
Prior to the 2017 season, Gillaspie signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants.
As for Moncrief, the soon-to-be 29-year-old finally got his first call-up the majors this past season after eight and a half seasons in the minors. He debuted for the Giants on July 29. In 28 games, he hit .211/.256/.237 with one double and five RBI. While he didn't do much with the bat, Moncrief showed off a cannon for an arm when he patrolled right field.
Former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is in trouble with the league office again.
The NBA fined the Pelicans big man $25,000 for "directing inappropriate language towards a fan" during the final minutes of the team's season opener on Wednesday night against the Grizzlies.
The referee's heard the exchange between Cousins and the fan, and assessed a technical foul to Cousins. That technical foul was rescinded as part of the league's announcement Saturday.
After Wednesday's game, Cousins offered this explanation of the incident:
"That was pretty bogus, man. The ref, he sat there and heard (the fan) speaking to me in a very nasty way. I shouldn't have responded to it, but I'm a human being and I'm also a grown man. I'm not going to let another person just disrespect me. I felt (the ref) should have handled it, he decided not to, but he handled my end of it. I look forward to speaking to the league," Cousins told reporters, according to USA Today.
Cousins makes his first trip back to Sacramento since being traded by the Kings on Thursday, Oct. 26.