The Kansas City Royals and New York Mets will play in a World Series rematch to highlight a three-game Opening Day schedule on April 3.
MLB Commissioner Rod Manfred announced Thursday that the Royals and Mets would be the prime-time finale to a nationally televised tripleheader that includes five teams from the 2015 postseason.
The first game of the season will see the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m. ET, with the Tampa Bay Rays hosting the second game against the Toronto Blue Jays at 4:05. The Royals will then host the Mets at 8:35 – the first time that World Series opponents have opened the next season with a rematch.
The games in Pittsburgh and Kansas City will be televised by ESPN, with the game in Tampa Bay on ESPN2. The two ESPN networks will then spilt a quadrupleheader on Monday, April 4: the Houston Astros at the New York Yankees at 1:05 p.m. ET, the Seattle Mariners at the Texas Rangers at 4:05 ET, the Los Angeles Dodgers at the San Diego Padres at 7:05 ET and the Chicago Cubs at the Los Angeles Angels at 10:05 ET (ESPN2).
Twenty-eight of the 30 MLB teams will play on Monday, with the Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins waiting until Tuesday to open their seasons in Florida.
Manfred also announced that MLB will soon announce regulations for expanded netting at all 30 ballparks, a move widely expected after a large number of fan injuries last season, including serious head trauma accidents in Boston and Detroit.