Opening day slated for March 29 & MLB's earliest start

Get those bases ready early for next season. Opening Day will be earlier than ever before

Get those bases ready early for next season. Opening Day will be earlier than ever before. More

Major League Baseball released its 2018 regular-season schedule on Tuesday with a wrinkle that hasn't been seen in 50 years. Furthermore, several seasons have started off with March games held in overseas venues, like when the Dodgers took on the Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground back in 2014.

The 2018 MLB season will open on Thursday, March 29 - the earliest Opening Day in Major League Baseball history, save special global season openers. The early kickoff will provide teams with three to four extra rest days spread throughout the season.

It will be the first time since the 1968 season - the previous year before the American and National Leagues split into divisions - that every team will play on Opening Day. The 1968 campaign began on Wednesday, April 10th with each of the 20 Major League Clubs in action.

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The final day of the 2018 regular season features 12 divisional games on September 30, including the Yankees visiting the rival Boston Red Sox. It also marks only the 12th time in league history - and first since 2011 - that the season will begin on a Thursday.

Opening Day will feature eight divisional match-ups among the 15 games, in addition to an Interleague contest between the host Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates in a renewal of the franchises that met in the 1909 World Series.

In recent years, Major League Baseball has opted to start things off with a small number of games on the first Sunday of April - there were three this year - before scheduling the rest of its teams to open the following Monday. The highlight of those combinations shapes to be a 2016 World Series rematch between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians on April 24-25 at Progressive Field and May 22-23 at Wrigley Field.

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Thankfully, MLB changed its approach for the 2018 schedule, which will feature a full slate of 15 games on the first official day of the season.

Opening Day is moving to a Thursday and it's earlier in the season than ever before - March 29.

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