MLB Opening Day 2023: Live updates, game previews, highlights

Rafael Devers strikes out on a pitch clock violation for Red Sox (0:31)

The umpire rings Rafael Devers up on strikes after a pitch clock violation in the eighth inning. (0:31)

Welcome to MLB Opening Day 2023!

After one of the most exciting preludes to a regular season in recent memory -- from offseason chaos to players (and fans) learning baseball's new rules and enjoying faster-paced games to an epic World Baseball Classic -- it's time to play ball.

What are we looking for as the season gets started? Our reporters give their pregame takes from the ballpark, plus we'll post lineups as they are announced and live updates throughout the day, including takeaways from each game as it concludes.

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Live updates: Opening Day sights, sounds and moments

Takeaways from every completed Opening Day game

Toronto Blue Jays 10, St. Louis Cardinals 9

We have our game of the day. Nineteen runs, 34 hits, multiple late-inning lead changes, Tyler O'Neill homering for the fourth consecutive Opening Day and a five-hit game from George Springer, including the game-tying blooper in the top of the ninth. More of this, thank you very much -- even if it lasts 3 hours and 36 minutes. Not a great debut for the Cardinals bullpen as late-game relievers Andre Pallante, Jordan Hicks and Ryan Helsley all surrendered runs. Hicks even knocked catcher Willson Contreras out of the game when Contreras whiffed on catching one of Hicks' 103 mph(!) fastballs and the ball hit him in the knee. Contreras will remember his first official game in a Cardinals uniform -- for all the wrong reasons. -- David Schoenfield

Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Cincinnati Reds 4

Oneil Cruz and Hunter Greene will be competing as division rivals for the next six years so while the Pirates and Reds aren't exactly favored to make the playoffs, these two young stars are worth keeping an eye on because the spectacular may happen at any time. Round one in 2023 goes to Cruz, as he launched a 425-foot home run off a Greene 101-mph heater. Greene racked up the K's - eight in 3.1 innings - but the command he showed down the stretch in 2022 wasn't present and it led to an early exit. He did, however, throw 44 pitches at 100-plus mph ... which, well, velocity isn't everything. -- David Schoenfield

Texas Rangers 11, Philadelphia Phillies 7

The Rangers are a popular pick to make a leap in the American League and while Jacob deGrom gathered plenty of headlines leading into Opening Day, new manager Bruce Bochy has to like what he saw from his offense. A solid approach produced 10 hits and six walks as a nine run fourth inning changed the dynamic of the game.

Perhaps it made fans forget deGrom's forgettable performance. He simply couldn't put guys away after the first inning as the Phillies pummeled him with opposite-field extra base hits -- five of them in total -- chasing him from the game after just 3.2 innings. He gave up five runs in his Rangers debut. Thankfully his offense picked him up. Texas is an intriguing team with a veteran, know-how-to do it manager. -- Jesse Rogers

New York Mets 5, Miami Marlins 3

Max Scherzer versus Sandy Alcantara was the must-see pitching matchup of the day and while that didn't end up materializing, this game had a little bit of everything. Mets owner Steve Cohen hung out in right field with the Mets fan club 7 Line Army. Jeff McNeil was given a strike because Pete Alonso took too long to get back to first base. The Mets blew a 3-0 lead but rallied as Brandon Nimmo hit a go-ahead two-run double. In the absence of Edwin Diaz, David Robertson got the save. The biggest Mets news of the day, however, came before the game when Justin Verlander went on the IL -- joining Diaz and Jose Quintana. Mets fans will enjoy the win and then start sweating Verlander's injury on Friday. -- David Schoenfield

Minnesota Twins 2, Kansas City Royals 0

We get our fourth shutout of the day as the Twins shut down the Royals on two hits, tying their team record for fewest hits allowed on Opening Day. New starter Pablo Lopez drew the start and tossed 5.1 innings with eight strikeouts, but the key takeaway is the Twins have a chance to have a really good bullpen. Caleb Thielbar, Jorge Lopez, Griffin Jax and Jhoan Duran combined for the final 3.2 hitless innings with Duran and his 100-mph finishing it off, so Duran does get ninth-inning duties over Lopez (who was an All-Star in that role for the Orioles last season). Also: Byron Buxton legs out a triple. Stay healthy, BB. -- David Schoenfield

Tampa Bay Rays 4, Detroit Tigers 0

One sequence from Shane McClanahan, facing Jonathan Schoop in the fifth inning: Changeup on the outside corner, swing and a miss; Curveball low and in, taken for a ball, looked like a strike; Another changeup that starts on the outside and darts left at the last moment like a Wiffleball, swing a miss; 97 mph four-seamer at the top of the zone, swing and a miss. Good night and good luck. Look, the Tigers aren't exactly the '98 Yankees, but McClanahan is one nasty lefty. He looked like the pitcher who dominated the first half last season and started the All-Star Game, throwing six scoreless innings and registering 16 swings and misses. He's an ace. -- David Schoenfield

Baltimore Orioles 10, Boston Red Sox 9

Boston threw gasoline on the overreaction fears of fans with their performance on Thursday. Opening Day starter Corey Kluber looked like a mess, struggling to throw strikes and working deep into counts, going 3.1 innings while walking four and allowing five runs on six hits. The Red Sox bullpen struggled to throw strikes too, as Zach Kelly walked two batters followed with Ryan Brasier allowing three runs on two walks in an inning pitcher.

While the Red Sox offense struggled in the first half of the game, they slowly chipped away at Baltimore's lead. After scoring a run to bring Boston within two, Masataka Yoshida came to the plate as the go-ahead run. Yoshida promptly grounded into what looked like a sure double play to end the game, but Orioles shortstop Jorge Mateo made a throwing error, bouncing a ball to first baseman Ryan Mountcastle that allowed Boston to come within one run. Baltimore held on, though, with Felix Bautista striking out Adam Duvall to end the game.

Boston ultimately could not keep with the Orioles offensive output, which was led by star catcher Adley Rutschman, who had five hits, four RBIs with a homer, looking every bit the part of the player he became upon his callup last season.

Fans left Fenway Park by the top of the sixth inning, leaving large splotches of seats empty, an unusual Opening Day sight at Fenway Park since John Henry brought the team ahead of the 2002 season. -- Joon Lee

Chicago Cubs 4, Milwaukee Brewers 0

It was a brisk game at Wrigley Field in more than one sense of the word. It was a chilly 42 degrees at first pitch and for fans worried about lingering in the cold, their first pitch-clock game zipped by in 2 hours, 21 minutes. Warning to scorecard keepers: Stay alert and forget bathroom breaks. There's no time. The Cubs took advantage of a rare erratic outing from Corbin Burnes, who walked three and struck just three. Highlighting the Cubs piecemeal offense was a three-hit game for Dansby Swanson in his Cubs debut, backing a sharp Marcus Stroman. Stroman would certainly prefer this day be remembered for his six shutout innings. Alas, he will go down in the history books as the first pitcher to be issue a pitch-clock violation in a regular season game. It was a familiar, comfortable-feeling day at Wrigley Field even as the game on the field felt, well, not exactly new. Let's say it felt tuned up. -- Bradford Doolittle

New York Yankees 5, San Francisco Giants 0

On the second pitch he saw as Yankees captain, Aaron Judge homered into Monument Park, 422 feet away. Rookie Anthony Volpe manned shortstop -- at 21 the youngest Yankee to start on Opening Day since Derek Jeter -- and, while he didn't get a hit, he kissed the "NY" on his jersey during the Bleacher Creatures roll call, then walked in his first plate appearance and stole his first base. Gerrit Cole set a Yankees Opening Day record with 11 strikeouts. The Bombers' bullpen threw three scoreless to preserve a shutout against the San Francisco Giants. It was chilly in the Bronx, but pretty much a perfect afternoon for the home team. And the whole thing took a grand total of 2 hours and 33 minutes. -- Matt Marrone

Atlanta Braves 7, Washington Nationals 2

No surprise here. A team that won 101 games last season beat a team that started a pitcher who led the majors in losses each of the past two seasons. The Braves knocked out Patrick Corbin in the top of the fourth inning after hitting him around for seven hits, three walks and four runs. It wasn't all happy news for the Braves, however, as Max Fried left the game in the fourth inning with left hamstring discomfort. The Braves are already starting the season with rookies Jared Shuster and Dylan Dodd in the rotation, so their starting pitching depth will be tested early on here if Fried misses any time. Bryce Elder probably gets the first call if Fried has to go on the IL, with Ian Anderson another option. -- David Schoenfield

What to watch and lineups for remaining Opening Day games

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

The pitching matchup: Dylan Cease vs. Framber Valdez

The big storyline: Jose Abreu was the clubhouse leader in his nine seasons with the White Sox, with young players naturally gravitating toward his outgoing personality and the team relying on his production. With the White Sox's front office turning to a younger, cheaper option in Andrew Vaughn, 24, to play first base, Abreu signed a three-year, $58.5 million deal with the Astros -- and not surprisingly, he has fit in seamlessly, reporting to the Astros' spring camp two weeks before it opened. "It feels like family," he said early in camp. Knowing how competitive Abreu is, one staffer said, "He'll probably hit four homers." It wasn't clear whether the staffer meant Abreu would bash four homers on Opening Day or over the first series, but you get the point. Abreu will want to put on a show for his ex-teammates.

One obscure thing to impress your friends: The Astros will try to become the first team since the Yankees of 1998 to 2000 to repeat as World Series champions, almost a quarter century ago. But the difficulty of the challenge of going back-to-back is underscored by this fact: The last team that won a World Series to even return to the Fall Classic the following season was the 2001 Yankees, who held a lead in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7. Yainer Diaz, the Astros' backup catcher, was 3 years old when that occurred. -- Buster Olney

White Sox lineup:

1. Tim Anderson (R) SS
2. Luis Robert Jr. (R) CF
3. Andrew Vaughn (R) 1B
4. Eloy Jimenez (R) DH
5. Yoan Moncada (S) 3B
6. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF
7. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
8. Elvis Andrus (R) 2B
9. Romy Gonzalez (R) RF

Astros lineup:

1. Jeremy Pena (R) SS
2. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
3. Yordan Alvarez (L) LF
4. Jose Abreu (R) 1B
5. Kyle Tucker (L) RF
6. Yainer Diaz (R) DH
7. Jake Meyers (R) CF
8. Martin Maldonado (R) C
9. Mauricio Dubon (R) 2B

9:40 p.m.: Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres

The pitching matchup: German Marquez vs. Blake Snell

The big storyline: It's not necessarily the start of the "Big Four" era because Fernando Tatis Jr. won't come off his PED-related suspension until April 20. But it's a teaser, at least. The Padres, looking to capitalize on reaching the NL Championship Series last October, signed shortstop Xander Bogaerts to a $280 million contract this offseason, teaming him with Tatis, Manny Machado and Juan Soto to form a devastating lineup. Three of those four will be in there Opening Day, making up what is probably the most star-studded roster in the major leagues. The Padres have set themselves up for grand expectations, more so than at any point in franchise history. The goal is to deliver San Diego its first championship. Anything less is a failure.

One obscure thing to impress your friends: Nine players attained nine-figure contracts this offseason, and three of them did so with the Padres -- Bogaerts, Machado and starting pitcher Yu Darvish, with the latter two doing so on extensions. All three of those players are now signed into their 40s. The Padres' competitive balance tax payroll -- the figure used to determine where teams reside relative to the luxury tax threshold -- sits at a projected $276 million heading into 2023. Only the Yankees ($295 million) and Mets (a whopping $375 million) are higher. -- Alden Gonzalez

Rockies lineup:

1. Yonathan Daza (R) CF
2. Kris Bryant (R) RF
3. Charlie Blackmon (L) DH
4. C.J. Cron (R) 1B
5. Elehuris Montero (R) 3B
6. Ryan McMahon (L) 2B
7. Elias Diaz (R) C
8. Harold Castro (L) LF
9. Ezequiel Tovar (R) SS

Padres lineup:

1. Trent Grisham (L) CF
2. Juan Soto (L) LF
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B
4. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
5. Jake Cronenworth (L) 1B
6. Matt Carpenter (L) DH
7. Austin Nola (R) C
8. Ha-Seong Kim (R) 2B
9. David Dahl (L) RF

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

The pitching matchup: Shohei Ohtani vs. Kyle Muller

The big storyline: As it was, as it is, as it shall be: Shohei Ohtani. He's not only the One Big Opening Day storyline, he's bound to be one big season-long storyline. This could be the beginning of the end to Ohtani's career as an Angel, and it starts on the mound -- and in the batter's box -- in the barren expanse of the Oakland Coliseum, nearly five years to the day after he made his first big league start on the same exact spot.

One obscure thing to impress your friends: Center fielder Cristian Pache, considered the best prospect in the trade that sent Matt Olson to the Braves, couldn't crack Oakland's Opening Day roster despite being out of options. He was traded Wednesday for Billy Sullivan, a Phillies reliever who had a 4.59 ERA in Double-A. "It was really hard to run out of time with a player that you feel is young and still has a huge future in this game," A's manager Mark Kotsay said. The A's, a franchise eternally waiting for something -- a new home, a contending team, the next trade of a known quantity for a group of unknowns -- finally found something that wasn't worth the wait. -- Tim Keown

Angels lineup:

1. Taylor Ward (R) LF
2. Mike Trout (R) CF
3. Shohei Ohtani (L) P
4. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
5. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
6. Luis Rengifo (S) 2B
7. Brandon Drury (R) 1B
8. Gio Urshela (R) SS
9. Logan O'Hoppe (R) C

A's lineup:

1. Tony Kemp (L) 2B
2. Conner Capel (L) DH
3. Aledmys Diaz (R) SS
4. Seth Brown (L) LF
5. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
6. Ramon Laureano (R) RF
7. Jace Peterson (L) 3B
8. Shea Langeliers (R) C
9. Esteury Ruiz (R) CF

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

The pitching matchup: Zac Gallen vs. Julio Urias

The big storyline: Teams doled out free agent dollars in record fashion this offseason, but the Dodgers, among the most aggressive spenders these past few years, opted to mostly stand pat in order to create a path for their homegrown players. We've already seen that backfire in one respect, with Gavin Lux, primed to be the everyday shortstop, suffering a season-ending knee injury in spring training. Do they have enough to contend the way they have over the past decade? And can the D-backs -- an underrated team that plays really good defense, runs the bases well, received solid contributions from key members of its rotation last season and has several young players ready to make an impact -- give them a run?

One obscure thing to impress your friends: Keep your eyes on Miguel Vargas, the 23-year-old who will get his first opportunity to play every day in the major leagues. His hitting has never really been in question -- the concern has been his defense. But the Dodgers believe he'll be a lot better defensively at second base than many outsiders expect, pointing to the work he put in during the offseason. They see him as a potential breakout star, somebody who will compete for the Rookie of the Year award. Just as important: He plays with high energy, runs the bases aggressively and should be lots of fun to watch. -- Gonzalez

Diamondbacks lineup:

1. Kyle Lewis (R) DH
2. Ketel Marte (S) 2B
3. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (R) LF
4. Christian Walker (R) 1B
5. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
6. Nick Ahmed (R) SS
7. Corbin Carroll (L) CF
8. Gabriel Moreno (R) C
9. Jake McCarthy (L) RF

Dodgers lineup:

1. Mookie Betts (R) RF
2. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
3. Will Smith (R) C
4. Max Muncy (L) 3B
5. J.D. Martinez (R) DH
6. David Peralta (L) LF
7. Miguel Vargas (R) 2B
8. James Outman (L) CF
9. Miguel Rojas (R) SS

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

The pitching matchup: Shane Bieber vs. Luis Castillo

The big storyline: One of just two Opening Day games where both teams made the playoffs last year (Blue Jays-Cardinals is the other), this one showcases a terrific pitching matchup between Bieber and Castillo. That's fun, but all eyes will be on Julio Rodriguez, who enters the season as one of the must-watch players in the game after his stellar Rookie of the Year campaign. He ranked seventh on ESPN.com's list of the top 100 players in the game, an aggressive ranking, but symbolic of what the 22-year-old might achieve after hitting .284 with 28 home runs and 25 steals -- with the charisma to match.

One obscure thing to impress your friends: The Mariners made the playoffs last year for the first time since 2001, but going back to 2007, they have the best Opening Day record in the majors at 13-3 (the Mets and Dodgers are 12-4). Much of that is thanks to Felix Hernandez, who started 11 Opening Day games and posted a 1.53 ERA. -- Schoenfield

Guardians lineup: TBA

Mariners lineup:

1. Julio Rodriguez (R) CF
2. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
3. Ty France (R) 1B
4. Teoscar Hernandez (R) RF
5. Cal Raleigh (S) C
6. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
7. Jarred Kelenic (L) LF
8. Tommy La Stella (L) DH
9. J.P. Crawford (L) SS