Competition should be keen given the prospects of tight division races that could provide another nail-biting season’s finish when American League baseball action gets under way on March 31. The Major League Baseball campaign officially opened last weekend in Sydney, Australia, where early World Series favorites the Los Angeles Dodgers swept two games from National League West rivals the Arizona Diamondbacks. On Sunday, the Dodgers make the shorter trip down the California coast to San Diego to play the Padres in the U.S. opening, and on Monday the American League gets started with seven home games on the schedule. For many, MLB’s Opening Day ushers in Spring and the promise of warmer days ahead – an occasion coming in the nick of time for local fans eager to move on after a bitter winter.
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