When is MLB 2022 Opening Day? Date, schedule of first baseball games

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All 30 teams are scheduled to play when baseball returns for MLB 2022 Opening Day. Meaningful games are scheduled to begin March 31, beginning the seven-month journey to the World Series.

Opening day 2022 is marked by rivalry games. Of the 15 games on the schedule, only four contests feature two teams that are not in the same division.

The New York Yankees will play in one of those matchups when they visit the Texas Rangers on Opening Day. The Yankees were eliminated in the 2021 American League Wild-Card Game. The Rangers had a disappointing 60-win season, giving Texas the second-worst record in the AL.

The defending champion Atlanta Braves visits the Miami Marlins to begin their championship defense. Atlanta has won the NL East four years in a row.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Colorado Rockies in the first of 162 games. Los Angeles enters the season as MLB favorites after three trips to the World Series in the past five years.

In the only opening day matchup between two teams that made the playoffs last year, the Boston Red Sox are set to host the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay won the AL East, but the Red Sox upset the Rays in the ALDS.

Boston was beaten by the Houston Astros in the ALCS. Following their loss to the Braves in the Fall Classic, the Astros begin the 2022 season against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The MLB lockout could threaten the expected start of the season. Commissioner Rob Manfred has indicated that opening day will be delayed if a new CBA is not concluded by the end of February.

Here’s the full 2022 MLB Opening Day schedule.

Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, TBD

Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Guardians, TBD

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:05 p.m. EST

Washington Nationals at New York Mets, 1:10 p.m. EST

Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers, 2:10 p.m. EST

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox, 2:10 p.m. EST

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles, 3:05 p.m. EST

New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers, 4:05 p.m. EST

Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins, 4:10 p.m. EST

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 4:10 p.m. EST

Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox, 4:10 p.m. EST

San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres, 4:10 p.m. EST

Philadelphia Phillies at Houston Astros, 7:09 p.m. EST

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

Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners, 10:10 p.m. EST

Atlanta Braves’ Jorge Soler #12 is named MVP following the team’s 7-0 win over the Houston Astros in Game 6 to win the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park Photo: Getty Images | Bob Levey

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