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Probable Pitchers

Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Jeff Samardzija, RHP
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    Jeff Samardzija, last 3 starts
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    Jeff Samardzija, last 5 years vs. PIT
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This is Samardzija's second straight Opening Day start. Last year he held the Pirates to two hits over eight scoreless innings for the win. He's the first pitcher to make back-to-back Opening Day starts at PNC Park.

Francisco Liriano, LHP
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The 2013 NL Comeback Player of the Year already has his first comeback of '14: Liriano's Opening Day start was jeopardized by a tight left groin muscle suffered on March 20, but he made a quick recovery.

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Kansas City Royals @ Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
James Shields, RHP
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This is Shields' sixth Opening Day start and his second for the Royals. He lost last year, 1-0, to the White Sox. He wants to start better than he did in 2013 when he was just 2-6 after the first 16 of his 34 starts. After that he went 11-3.

Justin Verlander, RHP
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Verlander's seventh consecutive Opening Day start is also a fresh start. He talked in Spring Training about wanting to put his 2013 struggles behind him and make mechanical adjustments, helped in part by his health.

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Washington Nationals @ New York Mets

, Citi Field
Stephen Strasburg, RHP
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This will be his third consecutive Opening Day start. In 2012, against the Cubs, Strasburg pitched seven innings, allowed one run and struck out five in a 2-1 victory. The following season, Strasburg pitched seven shutout innings vs. the Marlins.

Dillon Gee, RHP
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With left elbow soreness forcing Jon Niese to the disabled list, Gee will make his first career Opening Day start in Niese's place. No Mets pitcher was better late last year than Gee, who went 10-5 with a 2.71 ERA from May 30 through season's end.

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Philadelphia Phillies @ Texas Rangers

, Globe Life Park in Arlington
Cliff Lee, LHP
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With Cole Hamels unavailable, Lee gets the ball on Opening Day against his former club. Lee had a strong Spring Training, posting a 2.55 ERA in six starts. Manager Ryne Sandberg said it was an "easy call" to go with Lee.

Tanner Scheppers, RHP
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Scheppers was 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA in 76 relief appearances last season before winning a spot in the rotation in Spring Training. He is the first pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to make his first MLB start on Opening Day.

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Atlanta Braves @ Milwaukee Brewers

, Miller Park
Julio Teheran, RHP
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Coming off a stellar rookie season during which he posted a 2.81 ERA in his final 27 starts, Teheran has been given his first career Opening Day assignment. Opponents hit .199 against him in seven afternoon starts last year.

Yovani Gallardo, RHP
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Gallardo will set a club record with his fifth straight Opening Day start, one shy of Ben Sheets' mark for career Brewers openers. Gallardo is aiming to bounce back from a 2013 filled with personal and professional trials.

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Boston Red Sox @ Baltimore Orioles

, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Jon Lester, LHP
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The ace will make his fourth consecutive Opening Day start for the Red Sox on the heels of a marvelous October, in which he went 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in five starts. Lester has won 15 or more games in five of the past six seasons.

Chris Tillman, RHP
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Tillman will be tabbed for the first Opening Day start of his career, a tall task against the defending World Series champions. Tillman is coming off a career year in 2013, in which he went 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA.

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Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox

, U.S. Cellular Field
Ricky Nolasco, RHP
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Nolasco will make his third career Opening Day start when he takes the hill for the Twins vs. the White Sox in Chicago. Nolasco, who joined the Twins on a four-year, $49 million deal in the winter, has a 5.25 ERA in two career Opening Day starts.

Chris Sale, LHP
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The southpaw makes his second straight Opening Day start, coming on the heels of his second straight All-Star appearance earned during the 2013 campaign. Sale set a single-season franchise record last year for left-handed starters by fanning 226.

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St. Louis Cardinals @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Adam Wainwright, RHP
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This will be Wainwright's third Opening Day start; he is still seeking his first win in a season opener. He is the clear ace of this staff and is coming off a year in which he led the NL in innings.

Johnny Cueto, RHP
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Cueto was limited to only 11 starts last year after three DL stints because of a strained right lat muscle. Another minor issue in camp surfaced when he had an irritation in his right scapula, but he put any worries aside in his last Minors start.

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays

, Tropicana Field
R.A. Dickey, RHP
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Dickey will take the mound on Opening Day for the second consecutive year. He will look to build on a strong finish to the 2013 season, as he went 6-3 with a 3.56 ERA after the All-Star break. He is 4-3 with a 3.95 ERA vs Tampa Bay in his career.

David Price, LHP
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Price is happy to be back with the Rays after an offseason of dealing with rumors he would be traded. He hopes to get off to a better start than he did in 2013 when he went 1-2 with a 5.21 ERA in six April starts.

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Colorado Rockies @ Miami Marlins

, Marlins Park
Jorge De La Rosa, LHP
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After a strong 2013, the Rockies believe De La Rosa will take the next step if he can execute a sinker inside to right-handed batters. He already has one of the game's best changeups, the fastball tweak enhances that.

Jose Fernandez, RHP
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Fernandez, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, opened 2013 as a 20-year-old fifth starter. Now 21, he has blossomed into an ace and one of the top right-handers in the game. Because of an innings limit last year, his last outing was Sept. 11.

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San Francisco Giants @ Arizona Diamondbacks

, Chase Field
Madison Bumgarner, LHP
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Bumgarner, the youngest member of the Giants' rotation at 24, earned his Opening Night assignment by maintaining almost numbing consistency. He recorded 22 quality starts last year while exceeding 200 innings for the third consecutive season.

Brandon McCarthy, RHP
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McCarthy is looking to rebound after an injury-marred 2013 when he went 5-11 with a 4.53 ERA. He has been the D-backs best pitcher this spring showing good command. The biggest key for McCarthy this year is staying healthy.

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Cleveland Indians @ Oakland Athletics

, O.co Coliseum
Justin Masterson, RHP
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One season after making the AL All-Star team for the first time, Masterson is slated to start on Opening Day for the third consecutive season for the Indians. The sinkerballer went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 strikeouts in 193 innings last season.

Sonny Gray, RHP
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This could be the first of many Opening Day starts for Gray, who made his debut just last July and posted a 2.67 ERA in 12 appearances (10 starts) for the A's. Oakland's 2011 first-round pick allowed one run or less in four of his six spring starts.

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Seattle Mariners @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Felix Hernandez, RHP
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The Mariners' ace will make his club-record seventh Opening Day start, breaking Randy Johnson's franchise record. Hernandez is 4-0 with a 1.33 ERA on Opening Day, but he has never debuted against the Angels.

Jered Weaver, RHP
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Monday will mark Weaver's sixth Opening Day start, passing Mike Witt for the most in club history. The three-time All-Star missed seven weeks with a broken left elbow last year and finished 11-8 with a 3.27 ERA in 24 starts.

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