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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Opening Day 2020 start time scheduled for 4:10 PM

Via an MLB press release.

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Major League Baseball has announced the game times for its master 2020 regular season schedule, which will begin with all 30 Major League Clubs playing on Opening Day on Thursday, March 26th. Opening Day of the 2020 campaign is scheduled to mark the first time since 1968 in which every team across the Majors plays their first game of the season on the same day.

Opening Day will have a Tripleheader on ESPN, featuring the World Champion Nationals visiting the Mets, the Giants at Dodgers, and then the Astros hosting the Angels. ESPN will broadcast an additional seven games during the first week of the season following traditional Opening Day.

FOX will begin its 2020 national coverage on Saturday, March 28th when the Mets host the Nationals at Citi Field at 4:05 p.m. (ET) on FS1, followed by the Atlanta Braves visiting the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field at 8:10 p.m. (ET)/5:10 p.m. (PT). MLB on TBS live game coverage will return on Sunday, July 5th and will continue each Sunday through the end of the regular season.

Most importantly, 2020 Opening Day includes a rare Interleague match-up between our Tampa Bay Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Tropicana Field, which will have a start time of 4:10 p.m. ET.

Other notes on the 2020 season from the Opening Day press release:

  • The Miami Marlins will host the Mets in the Puerto Rico Series, a three-game set at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico beginning on Tuesday, April 28th at 7:10 p.m. (ET).
  • In the first-ever regular season games in Mexico City, Mexico, the Diamondbacks will host the San Diego Padres for a two-game set at the new Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium beginning on Saturday, April 18th at 7:10 p.m. (ET)/4:10 p.m. (PT).
  • MLB will return to London Stadium for Mitel & MLB Present London 2020, a two-game set on June 13th-14th between the host Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. FOX Sports will provide coverage of the game on Saturday, June 13th at 1:10 p.m. ET, while ESPN will broadcast the game on Sunday, June 14th (time TBD).
  • The Dodgers will host their NL West-rival Giants in the only Major League game played on Thursday, July 16th, following the All-Star break at 8:09 p.m. (ET)/5:09 p.m. (PT) on ESPN.
  • “MLB at Field of Dreamsä presented by GEICO” between the Chicago White Sox and Yankees on Thursday, August 13th in Dyersville, Iowa at 7:20 p.m. (ET)/6:20 p.m. (CT) on FOX. Part of the GEICO Summer Series, the historic game will be the first Major League game ever played in Iowa.
  • The final day of the 2020 regular season, which features 12 divisional match-ups, is scheduled for Sunday, September 27th. Fo r the sixth consecutive year, all games played on the final scheduled day of the regular season will begin at 3:00 p.m. (ET), with potential Postseason ramifications at stake.

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