MLB Opening Day 2013: Ultimate TV Schedule Guide for First Day of Season

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2013

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Justin Upton #8 of the Atlanta Braves bats in the first inning during the first inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on February 22, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Holy cow, you guys, it's Opening Day! Baseball is back! Are you as excited as I am?

Of course you are. And obviously, you'll want to watch as much baseball today as possible. Sure, you'll be glued to the set while your favorite team is on, but that doesn't mean you'll only watch one game tomorrow. Heck, you'll probably want something to flip to during the commercials.

Luckily for you, I've got you covered. If you plan on watching baseball all day tomorrow—and I know that's exactly what you plan on doing—the following viewing guide will be your best friend as tomorrow's action unfolds.


Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN

Sure, neither team comes into this season as strong as in years past. The Red Sox broke up the old "Fried Chicken in the Clubhouse" squad and generally aren't considered a playoff contender this year, while the Yankees open 2013 with injuries to Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira.

But hey, c'mon—it's still the Red Sox taking on the Yankees on Opening Day. If this rivalry doesn't get you excited for some baseball, nothing will.


San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

I am really excited to see these two teams in action. The Giants comes into the season as the defending champions, yet many people think the re-tooled Los Angeles Dodgers are the team to beat in the NL West.

After trades brought them Hanley Ramirez, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett last season—and they signed Zack Greinke this winter—the Dodgers are absolutely loaded. 

Plus, this game features a duel between Matt Cain and Clayton Kershaw and MVP candidates Buster Posey and Matt Kemp. This is must-watch television, folks.


Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Last season saw turnover in the NL East. After five straight division crowns, the Phillies ceded power to the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves in 2012.

But now veterans like Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are healthy, and a pitching staff featuring Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay will look to return the Phils to the postseason.

The Braves have World Series ambitions themselves. An offseason trade brought Justin Upton to join brother B.J., who was signed by the team this winter. With a loaded lineup, solid rotation and deep bullpen, the Braves are legit.


St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN2 

Staying up late? You might as well burn the midnight oil watching some of America's pastime. 

The Cardinals have a stacked lineup led by outfielders Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday, while the pitching staff is headed by ace Adam Wainwright.

Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks are probably in rebuilding mode and will be without exciting rookie outfielder Adam Eaton for two months. Still, Paul Goldschmidt had a solid 2012 and the team has an intriguing staff headlined by Monday night's pitcher, Ian Kennedy.

As baseball nightcaps go, this is a solid game to close Opening Day.


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