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Probable Pitchers

Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays

, Rogers Centre
Jon Lester, LHP
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    Jon Lester, last 3 starts
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    Jon Lester, regular season
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    Jon Lester, last 5 years vs. TOR
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Career stats

Lester will try to be more economical than in his first start, when he threw 96 pitches over five innings against the Yankees. However, Lester pitched well in that one, getting the win. Lester is 11-7 with a 3.86 ERA lifetime against the Jays.

R.A. Dickey, RHP
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    R.A. Dickey, last 3 starts
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    R.A. Dickey, regular season
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    R.A. Dickey, last 5 years vs. BOS
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Career stats

Dickey allowed four runs on five hits and four walks during his first start of the season on Tuesday versus Cleveland. His control was off early, but he managed to settle in and the only real hard hit ball came on a two-run shot by Asdrubal Cabrera.

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New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
CC Sabathia, LHP
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    CC Sabathia, last 3 starts
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    CC Sabathia, regular season
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    CC Sabathia, last 5 years vs. DET
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Sabathia will try to bounce back after taking the loss on Opening Day, allowing four runs in five innings to the Red Sox. The ace is a notorious slow starter, owning a 4.18 career ERA in April, his highest of any month.

Justin Verlander, RHP
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    Justin Verlander, last 3 starts
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    Justin Verlander, regular season
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    Justin Verlander, last 5 years vs. NYY
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For all the great things Verlander has done in his career, he has never started a season 2-0. He earned his first career Opening Day victory in six tries on Monday after five shutout innings against the Twins at Target Field.

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Miami Marlins @ New York Mets

, Citi Field
Jose Fernandez, RHP
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    Jose Fernandez, last 3 starts
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    Jose Fernandez, regular season
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    Jose Fernandez, last 5 years vs. NYM
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Career stats

At age 20, Fernandez is breaking into the big leagues after throwing 134 total Minor League innings. He hasn't pitched above Class A, but he's 14-1 (1.75) in Minors with 158 strikeouts. At Jupiter last year, he was 7-1 (1.96).

Aaron Laffey, LHP
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    Aaron Laffey, regular season
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    Aaron Laffey, last 5 years vs. MIA
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With Shaun Marcum's neck injury, Laffey will slide into the rotation for Sunday's series finale. The left-hander began Spring Training as a bullpen candidate but stretched out to nearly 100 pitches by the end of it.

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Washington Nationals @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Stephen Strasburg, RHP
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    Stephen Strasburg, regular season
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    Stephen Strasburg, last 5 years vs. CIN
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In his first start of the season, Strasburg allowed three hits and struck out three, focusing more on getting quick outs than getting batters to swing and miss. He has yet to pitch past the seventh inning in his career.

Johnny Cueto, RHP
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    Johnny Cueto, last 5 years vs. WSH
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Cueto looked sharp in his Opening Day debut, but he got a no-decision after the Reds lost in 13 innings vs. the Angels. He retired 10 of his first 11 batters during a strong afternoon, with the only glitch being Chris Iannetta's solo home run.

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Chicago Cubs @ Atlanta Braves

, Turner Field
Jeff Samardzija, RHP
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    Jeff Samardzija, regular season
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    Jeff Samardzija, last 5 years vs. ATL
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Samardzija pitched a gem in his Opening Day start, holding the Pirates to two hits over eight scoreless innings. His offspeed pitches were impressive. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle: "The last two times we've seen him, he's been a beast out there."

Tim Hudson, RHP
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    Tim Hudson, regular season
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    Tim Hudson, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Hudson was in command until he ran out of gas and had to exit with one out in the fifth inning of Monday's Opening Day start against the Phillies. The 37-year-old right-hander will enter with an extra day of rest.

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Kansas City Royals @ Philadelphia Phillies

, Citizens Bank Park
James Shields, RHP
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Shields lost the season opener at Chicago but pitched very well, as a 1-0 decision indicates. He went six innings, giving up eight hits that included several chunkers. The only telling blow was a solo home run. His pitch count was 102 but no walks.

Cole Hamels, LHP
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    Cole Hamels, last 5 years vs. KC
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Hamels hopes to rebound from a disappointing effort Monday against Atlanta, when he allowed seven hits, five runs, one walk and three home runs in five innings. Hamels didn't have good command. He hopes it's better Sunday.

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Minnesota Twins @ Baltimore Orioles

, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Pedro Hernandez, LHP
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With Cole De Vries (forearm) heading to the disabled list, Hernandez is set to make his Twins debut against the Orioles. Hernandez has one big league start, as he gave up eight runs in four innings against the Red Sox last year.

Jason Hammel, RHP
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Hammel allowed three runs over six innings in Tuesday's game, but chided himself for erratic fastball command. Still, he picked up the win over the Rays in his first Opening Day start.

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Cleveland Indians @ Tampa Bay Rays

, Tropicana Field
Justin Masterson, RHP
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    Justin Masterson, last 5 years vs. TB
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Masterson played damage control in his Opening Day outing vs. Toronto on Tuesday. Over 103 pitches and six innings, he gave up one run on three hits with four walks, five strikeouts and one hit batsmen.

David Price, LHP
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The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner took a no-decision on Tuesday vs. the Orioles, allowing two runs in six innings. He left the game with a 3-2 lead. The lefty is 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in six career starts vs. Cleveland.

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Arizona Diamondbacks @ Milwaukee Brewers

, Miller Park
Ian Kennedy, RHP
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Kennedy won his second consecutive Opening Day start by tossing seven innings and allowing just two earned runs to the Cardinals on Monday. The D-backs ace went 1-1 against the Brewers last season, with the win coming in Milwaukee.

Yovani Gallardo, RHP
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Gallardo goes from facing a team (the Rockies) who he's never defeated to another (the D-backs) who he's never lost to. He's 7-0 with a 1.09 ERA in nine starts against Arizona, including two games in the 2011 postseason.

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Oakland Athletics @ Houston Astros

, Minute Maid Park
Brett Anderson, LHP
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Anderson was dealt a tough-luck loss in his 2013 debut, after giving up just two runs on four hits through seven impressive innings against the Mariners on Monday. He struck out six but, out of character, also walked four in the outing.

Lucas Harrell, RHP
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Harrell went six innings and allowed one run and six hits and struck out four batters in his first start of the season on Tuesday against the Rangers. He's pitched at least five innings in 31 consecutive starts since last April.

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Seattle Mariners @ Chicago White Sox

, U.S. Cellular Field
Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP
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    Hisashi Iwakuma, last 5 years vs. CWS
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Iwakuma pitched six strong innings in his season debut against the A's, allowing two hits and one run with no walks and seven strikeouts. This will be Iwakuma's first start against the White Sox, who he faced twice in relief last year.

Chris Sale, LHP
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It was a successful first Opening Day start for Sale, who struck out seven over 7 2/3 scoreless innings. Sale also needed just 104 pitches to get through his work and gets an extra day before the homestand finale.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Los Angeles Dodgers

, Dodger Stadium
Jeff Locke, LHP
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The Bucs' steadiest Spring Training pitcher makes his first regular-season start, hoping to pick up where he left off last season, which he finished by holding Atlanta to two hits for six innings for his first big league win.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP
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Ryu made his Major League debut vs. the Giants, giving up three runs (one earned) on 10 hits with five strikeouts. He used his changeup to induce three double plays and escape trouble. Ryu said he was nervous but should be more comfortable Sunday.

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San Diego Padres @ Colorado Rockies

, Coors Field
Edinson Volquez, RHP
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For the second time in as many years, Volquez lost on Opening Day, this time on Monday against the Mets. He allowed six runs on six hits in three-plus innings. Four of the runs he allowed came with two outs.

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
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    Jhoulys Chacin, last 5 years vs. SD
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After a difficult Spring Training, Chacin was mostly masterful for 94 pitches in 6 2/3 innings of one-run, three-hit ball against the Brewers on Monday. He mixed his fastball and slider and finished with six strikeouts.

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St. Louis Cardinals @ San Francisco Giants

, AT&T Park
Adam Wainwright, RHP
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Wainwright went from dominant to hittable on Opening Day, struggling to finish his pitches in the middle innings in a loss to the D-backs. If he can correct that, there's no reason he shouldn't be able to pitch deeper and more effectively.

Matt Cain, RHP
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Cain delivered in his first Opening Day start last Monday at Los Angeles, holding the Dodgers hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. He's 47-38 lifetime at AT&T Park, compared with 38-40 on the road.

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Los Angeles Angels @ Texas Rangers

, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Jered Weaver, RHP
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    Jered Weaver, last 5 years vs. TEX
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Weaver was "effectively wild" in the season opener, giving up a run on two hits and two walks in six innings. He needed 63 pitches to get through the first three but found a groove thereafter. He had a 6.48 ERA in three starts in Texas last year.

Yu Darvish, RHP
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    Yu Darvish, last 5 years vs. LAA
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Darvish, who came within one out of throwing a perfect game Tuesday against the Astros, made six starts against the Angels last season and was 3-1 with a 4.23 ERA. Mike Trout was 6-for-17 with two home runs off him.

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