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It’s Major League Baseball Opening Day: we preview the season




Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts while running off the field in the spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch on March 3, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona.
Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts while running off the field in the spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch on March 3, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona.
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For the first time since 1968, all 30 Major League Baseball teams will begin playing on the same day today, the earliest ever start date to the domestic games.

In this season, the Dodgers will be trying for another NL West title and, Dodger fans hope, another run for the World Series after coming up just short in last year's Fall Classic. Meanwhile, the Angels are welcoming Japanese two-way player Shohei Ohtani, who makes his debut in the Major Leagues. The 23-year-old phenom garnered a lot of attention during the offseason race to sign him. During his career in Japan, he doubled as a pitcher with nearly unhittable stuff and a batter who could launch towering home runs, but it remains to be seen whether he will have similar success in the U.S. It’ll be a tough slog to the top of the AL West for the Halos, who will look to dethrone their division rival and defending World Series champion Houston Astros.

Larry Mantle talks with Bill Shaikin, baseball writer for the Los Angeles Times, to get a preview of the season.

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Bill Shaikin, baseball writer for the Los Angeles Times