Major League Baseball

Opening Day is here

MLB teams begin a 162-game schedule, and fans are allowed
Staff Report

Baseball is back, and there are fans in the stands.

And every seat might be occupied in Texas.

Ever since the Dodgers’ Julio Urías put the finishing touch on the 2020 World Series last Oct. 27, we’ve been counting down to this day. Five months after the Los Angeles Dodgers won their first World Series in more than 30 years the expectations for the season openers have been highly anticipated, and the league does not plan to disappoint, with every team scheduled for the traditional 162-game schedule.

With the Orioles-Red Sox game in Boston postponed by rain until Friday and the Mets-Nationals game postponed for at least two days because of ongoing contact tracing involving members of the Nationals organization, 26 teams are scheduled to be in action.

The Dodgers play their first game in Denver against the Rockies.

Seattle, which has a 19-year streak of missing the playoffs - the longest active streak of any franchise in any sport in North America, play host to the San Francisco Giants at 7:05 p.m.

It's Detroit's time to shine as baseball begins

COLUMN: Tigers haven't brought the series home since 1984, but are poised
April 5, 2012 / By Steven Masters

After an offseason that featured three first basemen sign $200 million dollar contracts, the 2012 Major League Baseball season is finally here. 

With the additions of an additional wild card team in each league, every game really does matter this year.

In the American League West, look for the Texas Rangers to repeat as champs and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to take one of the two wild card spots.  The Rangers rotation of Lewis, Holland, Harrison, Darvish and Feliz is more than formidable and their offense features five players who hit at least 25 home runs last season.

In the Central the Tigers win the division EASY.  Whoever finishes second will not be within eight games of the loaded Tigers.  Look for Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera to push 35 homers and 110 RBI's.

In the East, the New York Yankees push near 100 wins and hold off the Tampa Bay Rays, who finish a close second and claim the other wild card spot in the AL.  With the additions of Hideki Kuroda, Michael Pineda and eventually Andy Pettite, the Yanks finally have more than enough pitching to complement their potent offense.

In the National League West, the Arizona Diamondbacks repeat as division winners.  If Stephen Drew can return healthy at some point, watch out.  This team could seriously do damage and go far.

The NL Central saw the exodus of Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols and almost Ryan Braun for 50 games.  In what is the most difficult division to pick, the Milwaukee Brewers hold off the Cincinnati Reds for the division.  The Reds, however, will win one of the two wild card spots thanks to a consistent season from outfielder Jay Bruce and healthy seasons from third baseman Scott Rolen and starting pitcher Homer Bailey.

In the NL East, the Philadelphia Phillies win the division with their steady arms and a big season from outfielder John Mayberry Jr.  With a beautiful new ballpark and interesting uniforms, the Miami Marlins return to the playoffs for the first time since 2003.  Keep in mind that the Marlins have only made the playoffs twice.  The team won the World Series each of those two years.

When it's all said and done, the Detroit Tigers emerge as AL champs and knock off the aging Philadelphia Phillies in six games to win the 2012 World Series.


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