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Major League Baseball returns July 23 with 60-game season

By MLB.com

Major League Baseball unveiled the 2020 schedule live on MLB Network Monday night, featuring a tantalizing two-game Opening Night slate on July 23, broadcast on ESPN.

Because of health and safety protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic, no fans are permitted to attend games.

First, the Washington Nationals will host the New York Yankees at 7:08 p.m. ET, in a matchup that could showcase Gerrit Cole making his New York debut against three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. That potential battle of aces will lead into the renewal of one of the sport’s fiercest rivalries, as the Los Angeles Dodgers launch their quest for an eighth consecutive National League West crown against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium (10:08 p.m. ET).

The 2019 postseason ended with the Nationals lifting the first World Series championship trophy in franchise history.

• Here’s the full 2020 MLB schedule

The Cincinnati Reds will host the Detroit Tigers at 7:10 p.m. Friday, July 24 and will be televised on the MLB Network.

The Reds’ 2020 regular-season schedule