For the first time, there will be three games on the Sunday preceding the traditional Monday opener.
For years, ESPN has been televising a Sunday night game to open the season. This year, two games have been added on Sunday Apr. 3.
The Sunday night opener is a rematch of the World Series as the Kansas City Royals host the New York Mets.
On Sunday at 1:05 p.m., the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Pittsburgh Pirates, and at 4:05 p.m., it’s the Toronto Blue Jays at the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Orioles’ opener remains on Monday Apr. 4 at 3:05 p.m. against the Minnesota Twins.
The Nationals will open in Atlanta on Apr. 4 against the Braves. It will be the last Opening Day at Turner Field.
Ironically, the Nationals appearance on a Sunday night opener came on March 30, 2008 when Atlanta helped open Nationals Park. Ryan Zimmerman won that one with a game-ending home run.
The Orioles played the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night Apr. 4. Sidney Ponson defeated Pedro Martinez.
Major League Baseball also announced that the Pirates will play the Miami Marlins in San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 30-31. May 31 is Roberto Clemente Day in baseball. These are the first scheduled games in Puerto Rico since 2010.