Opening Day 2014: What to watch for on the first full day of games


(Gregory Bull / AP)

The weather in the Northeastern United States isn’t terribly cooperative, but who cares? It’s the first real day of the 2014 baseball season (despite the San Diego Padres’ 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night). Here’s a quick rundown of the day’s games with pitching matchups:

1:05 p.m.: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates – Jeff Samardzija (8-14, 4.33 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (16-8, 3.02 ERA)

1:08: Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers – James Shields (13-9, 3.15 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.46 ERA)

1:10: Washington Nationals at New York Mets – Stephen Strasburg (8-9, 3.00 ERA) vs. Dillon Gee (12-11, 3.62 ERA)

2:05: Philadelphia Phillies at Texas Rangers – Cliff Lee (14-8, 2.87 ERA) vs. Tanner Scheppers (6-2, 1.88 ERA)

2:10: Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers – Julio Teheran (14-8, 3.20 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo (12-10, 4.18 ERA)

3:05: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles – Jon Lester (15-8, 3.75 ERA) vs. Chris Tillman (16-7, 3.71 ERA)

4:10: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox – Ricky Nolasco (13-11, 3.70 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (11-14, 3.07 ERA)

4:10: St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds – Adam Wainwright (19-9, 2.94 ERA) vs. Johnny Cueto (5-2, 2.82 ERA)

4:10: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays – R.A. Dickey (14-13, 4.21 ERA) vs. David Price (10-8, 3.33 ERA)

7:05: Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins – Jorge De La Rosa (16-6, 3.49 ERA) vs. Jose Fernandez (12-6, 2.19 ERA)

9:40: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks – Madison Bumgarner (13-9, 2.77 ERA) vs. Brandon McCarthy (5-11, 4.53 ERA)

10:05: Cleveland Indians at Oakland Athletics – Justin Masterson (14-10, 3.45 ERA) vs. Sonny Gray (5-3, 2.67 ERA)

10:05: Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – Felix Hernandez (12-10, 3.04 ERA) vs. Jered Weaver (11-8, 3.27 ERA)

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · March 31, 2014