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MLB Opening Day: Traditional opener in Cincinnati, and Yankees' Jeter goes after record

MLB Opening Day is today, with the requisite questionable weather. There are six games on the docket for MLB Opening Day, including the traditional day game in Cincinnati. Will Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reach 3,000 hits?

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Busch Stadium head painter Billy Martin makes last minute touchups to the Opening Day logo, painted behind home plate at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on March 28. The Cardinals will host the San Diego Padres on Opening Day March 31.

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We're not into April, but yes the 2011 Major League Baseball season gets started today.

Why so early? Well, MLB is trying to keep the season from ending after Halloween. The last time Opening Day fell on March 31 was in 1998.

Traditionally, the Cincinnati Reds hosted the first game of the day, since they're the oldest franchise in baseball. But with a 2 p.m. ET start against the Milwaukee Brewers, they won't have that honor today,

The New York Yankees host the Detroit Tigers, and the Washington Nationals take on the Atlanta Braves in Washington, starting the season (weather permitting) just after 1 p.m. ET.

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