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MLB Network to air a marathon of memorable Opening Day games on Thursday

Tuffy Rhodes Cubs

17 May 1994: Batter Tuffy Rhodes of the Chicago Cubs swings to hit the ball while batting against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field in Chicago Illinios. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Allsport

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Earlier ESPN announced that it would air a Home Run Derby marathon on what would’ve been Opening Day this Thursday. MLB Network just one-upped ‘em, announcing that it will air a marathon of memorable Opening Day games.

Here’s the schedule:

    • 1:00 p.m. ET – New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians, April 2, 1996 – Derek Jeter hits a home run in his first career Opening Day;
    • 4:00 p.m. ET – San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, April 1, 2013 – Clayton Kershaw pitches a shutout and hits a home run for the Dodgers;
    • 6:00 p.m. ET – San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks, April 2, 2017 – Madison Bumgarner duels against Zach Greinke;
    • 9:00 p.m. ET – San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies, April 4, 2005 – Teams score a combined 22 runs in a back-and-forth game; and
    • Midnight – New York Mets at Chicago Cubs – April 4, 1994 – Tuffy Rhodes hits three home runs for the Cubs.

Jeter. Kershaw. Bumgardner. Greinke. A wild affair. The Tuffy Rhodes game. Not a bad lineup.

If you have MLB Network, your Thursday is all sorted.

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