MLB Opening Day 2023: Season previews, schedule and more

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Spring training is almost over, which means MLB's 2023 Opening Day is finally upon us!

All 30 teams will play in 15 games on Thursday, March 30, with two matchups kicking off the fun in the early afternoon: the Giants-Yankees and Braves-Nationals. The former is one of three interleague contests on Thursday, in addition to the nine divisional matchups that will take place. The reigning champion Astros, featuring new member Jose Abreu, open their season against the White Sox, the 2020 MVP's former team, on ESPN.

Thirty of the best pitchers across the majors will take the mound, including eight Cy Young Award winners, 21 All-Stars and five pitchers who will be debuting for new clubs.

What are the most important things to know from the offseason going into the 162-game marathon that is the 2023 season? What are the most exciting matchups on Thursday? What are some storylines to watch?

We have you covered on everything you need to be prepared for this year's Opening Day, from season previews and analysis to Thursday's schedule.

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Opening Day schedule

(All times ET)

1:05 p.m.: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals

The pitching matchup: Max Fried vs. Patrick Corbin

1:05 p.m.: San Francisco Giants at New York Yankees

The pitching matchup: Logan Webb vs. Gerrit Cole

2:10 p.m.: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

The pitching matchup: Kyle Gibson vs. Corey Kluber

2:20 p.m.: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs

The pitching matchup: Corbin Burnes vs. Marcus Stroman

3:10 p.m.: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays

The pitching matchup: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Shane McClanahan

4:05 p.m. on ESPN+: Philadelphia Phillies at Texas Rangers

The pitching matchup: Aaron Nola vs. Jacob deGrom

4:10 p.m.: Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals

The pitching matchup: Pablo Lopez vs. Zack Greinke

4:10 p.m.: New York Mets at Miami Marlins

The pitching matchup: Max Scherzer vs. Sandy Alcantara

4:10 p.m.: Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

The pitching matchup: Mitch Keller vs. Hunter Greene

4:10 p.m.: Toronto Blue Jays at St. Louis Cardinals

The pitching matchup: Alek Manoah vs. Miles Mikolas

4:10 p.m.: Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres

The pitching matchup: German Marquez vs. Blake Snell

7 p.m. on ESPN: Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros

The pitching matchup: Dylan Cease vs. Framber Valdez

10:07 p.m.: Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics

The pitching matchup: Shohei Ohtani vs. Kyle Muller

10:10 p.m.: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers

The pitching matchup: Zac Gallen vs. Julio Urias

10:10 p.m.: Cleveland Guardians at Seattle Mariners

The pitching matchup: Shane Bieber vs. Luis Castillo