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01/06/2011 1:41 PM ET
First Thursday MLB Opening Day since 1976 highlighted by World Series Champion San Francisco Giants at rival Los Angeles Dodgers live on ESPN on Thursday, March 31 at 8 p.m. ET
Opening Day ESPN Tripleheader to also feature Tigers @ Yankees (1 p.m. ET) and Padres @ Cardinals (4 p.m. ET)
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Major League Baseball's 2011 Opening Day, scheduled for Thursday, March 31st, will be highlighted by ESPN's exclusive national telecast of the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants facing the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium at 8 p.m. (ET). It will mark the sixth time in the last seven years that the defending World Series Champion played the first national prime time game of the season.

Earlier in the day, ESPN will also feature the Detroit Tigers at the New York Yankees at 1 p.m. ET, followed by the San Diego Padres at the St. Louis Cardinals at 4 p.m. ET.

The season will open on a day other than a Sunday or a Monday for the first time since 1998 (excluding special international events), and for the first time on a Thursday since 1976. As a result of this move, announced in September, the 2011 regular season is scheduled to end on Wednesday, September 28th, in order to complete the World Series earlier.

The Giants and Dodgers franchises have met on Opening Day 28 times since 1900, with the Giants holding a 15-13 edge in those meetings between the historic rivals. The Dodgers won the most recent Opening Day contest, a 5-0 victory on March 31, 2008 at Dodger Stadium.

Opening Day will also mark the start of ESPN's 22nd season televising Major League Baseball. The Giants-Dodgers game will be called by Dan Shulman, Orel Hersheiser and Bobby Valentine, and will also be available via ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV.

The March 31 game replaces the game previously scheduled between the clubs on Monday, April 4.

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