The start of Major League Baseball’s new season gets into full swing with opening day on Monday afternoon. While the St. Louis Cardinals technically started the 2015 season off with a 3-0 victory over the rival Chicago Cubs on Sunday, fans will get their first full slate of 14 games starting at 1 p.m. ET.
Players and fans will get their first real dose of the league’s new pace-of-game initiatives, which MLB hopes will speed up games and keep spectators excited. Batters will now have to remain in the batters’ box throughout their at-bat, and pitchers will have limited warmups in between batters and 20 seconds to get a pitch off once the batter steps in the box.
The first matchup of the day features two teams hoping to bounce back from poor showings in 2014, the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees will send out last year’s Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka despite a small tear in the righty starter’s elbow, while Toronto sends out third-year righty Drew Hutchison, who finished last season with an 11-13 record and a 4.48 earned-run average with 184 strikeouts.
The first interleague game includes the American League’s Boston Red Sox traveling to take on the National League’s Philadelphia Phillies. Both clubs finished last in the respective divisions, but Boston hopes ninth-year starter Clay Buchholz can start their season off right, and the Phillies will ask the same of lefty ace Cole Hamels.
The San Francisco Giants will look to defend their World Series crown when they face the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix. Madison Bumgarner, the World Series MVP and the Associated Press Athlete of the Year, takes the mound for the Giants after a lackluster spring. In six starts, the 25-year-old finished with a 0-3 record with a 4.91 ERA.
Four games will be aired nationally be ESPN, and a live stream is available for those at Watch ESPN here. The local television stations for each team can be found below.
For those who wish to watch games outside of their market, viewers can find information on MLB TV, and its various packages to watch on multiple devices here.
Schedule and TV Channels
Toronto at New York Yankees, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Local TV Station: RSN for Toronto, YES for New York
Minnesota at Detroit, 1:08 p.m.
Local: FSNO for Minnesota, FSD for Detroit
Colorado at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.
Local: ROOT for Colorado, FSWI for Milwaukee
Boston at Philadelphia, 3:05 p.m.
Local: NESN for Boston, WCAU for Philadelphia
Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 3:10 p.m.
Local: MSN2 for Baltimore, SUN for Tampa Bay
New York Mets at Washington, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Local: SNY for New York, MASN for Washington
Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 4:10 p.m.
Local: CSC for Chicago, FSKC for Kansas City
Los Angeles Angels at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.
Local: FSW for L.A., ROOT for Seattle
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m.
Local: ROOT for Pittsburgh, FSO for Cincinnati
San Diego at Los Angeles Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
Local: FSSD for San Diego, SNLA for LA
Atlanta at Miami, 4:10 p.m.
Local: SS for Atlanta, FSFL for Miami
Cleveland at Houston, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Local: STO for Cleveland, ROOT for Houston
San Francisco at Arizona, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Local: CSBA for San Francisco, FSA for Arizona
Texas at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Local: FSSW for Texas, CSCA for Oakland