Angels-Orioles to start MLB's 2024 league-wide opening day

Catcher Adley Rutschman (C) and the Baltimore Orioles will host the Los Angeles Angels at 3:05 p.m. EDT Thursday in Baltimore. File Photo by Steve Nesius/UPI

March 28 (UPI) -- Two regular-season games are already completed -- because of MLB's Seoul Series -- but Thursday's league-wide slate of 13 contests will mark the start of the 2024 season for most baseball fans.

The New York Mets initially were scheduled to host the Milwaukee Brewers in the first game of the day, but that matchup -- in addition to a Philadelphia Phillies-Atlanta Braves game -- was postponed and rescheduled for Friday because of rain in the forecast.

The Baltimore Orioles now are set to host the Los Angeles Angels in Thursday's opener Baltimore. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. EDT from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Another eight games are scheduled to start at 4:10 p.m., including Toronto Blue Jays-Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals-Los Angeles Dodgers meetings on MLB Network.

The reigning champion Texas Rangers will host the Chicago Cubs at 7:35 p.m. on ESPN.

Designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (R) and the New York Yankees will face the Houston Astros on Thursday in Houston. File Photo by Mark Abraham/UPI

The Oakland Athletics will host the Cleveland Guardians at 10:07 p.m. in Oakland. The Arizona Diamondbacks will then face the Colorado Rockies at 10:10 p.m. on Phoenix.

The Seattle Mariners will host the Boston Red Sox in the final game of the night. That matchup will start at 10:10 p.m. in Seattle and air on MLB Network.

All-Star outfielder Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels will face the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI

Reigning American League MVP Shohei Ohtani, who signed a $700 million contract this off-season in free agency -- and the Dodgers are favorites to win the World Series. Reigning National League MVP Ronald Acuna Jr. and the Braves have the second-best odds to win the title, according to most sportsbooks.

The Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Orioles, Rangers and Phillies are among the other World Series favorites.

Outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. and the San Diego Padres will host the San Francisco Giants on Thursday in San Diego. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

Acuna, Ohtani and his Dodgers teammates Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, San Diego Padres outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr., and Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper are National League MVP favorites.

Yankees teammates Aaron Judge and Juan Soto, Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez, Rangers shortstop Corey Seager and Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez are American League MVP favorites.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jasy will face the Tampa Bay Rays at 4:10 p.m. EDT Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI

Corbin Burnes of the Orioles, Kevin Gausman of the Blue Jays, Luis Castillo of the Mariners, Framber Valdez of the Astros, Pablo Lopez of the Minnesota Twins and Tarik Skubal of the Detroit Tigers are among American League Cy Young Award favorites.

Spencer Strider and Max Fried of the Braves, Zack Wheeler of the Phillies, Zac Gallen of the Diamondbacks and Tyler Glasnow of the Dodgers are National League Cy Young Award favorites.

Burnes, Glasnow, Skubal, Lopez, Valdez, Gallen and Castillo are scheduled to pitch Thursday.

The Dodgers and Padres, who faced off earlier this month in the two-game Seoul Series, enter Thursday with matching 1-1 records. Betts hit the first home run of the 2024 season -- a 400-foot, two-run shot -- against the Padres on March 21 in South Korea's capital city.

Thursday's MLB schedule

All times EDT

Brewers at Mets at 1:10 p.m. -- Postponed

Angels at Orioles at 3:05 p.m.

Braves at Phillies at 3:05 p.m. -- Postponed

Nationals at Reds at 4:10 p.m.

Giants at Padres at 4:10 p.m.

Cardinals at Dodgers at 4:10 p.m. on MLB Network

Blue Jays at Rays at 4:10 p.m. on MLB Network

Twins at Royals at 4:10 p.m.

Tigers at White Sox at 4:10 p.m.

Pirates at Marlins at 4:10 p.m.

Yankees at Astros at 4:10 p.m.

Cubs at Rangers at 7:35 p.m. on ESPN

Guardians at Athletics at 10:07 p.m.

Rockies at Diamondbacks at 10:10 p.m.

Red Sox at Mariners at 10:10 p.m. on MLB Network