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Aside from one-off international openers, this will mark the earliest start to the Major League Baseball season ever.

Will the Washington Nationals have had enough time for their World Series hangover to subside? And will the big bucks they shelled out to keep Stephen Strasburg in town enough to keep them on top?

Or ...

Will flashy signings by the New York Yankees (Gerrit Cole), Anaheim Angels (Anthony Rendon), Philadelphia Phillies (Zack Wheeler), Arizona Diamondbacks (Madison Bumgarner), and Cincinnati Reds (Mike Moustakas) stymie the Nats and other contenders?

Hard to say, but we'll get an early look at every hopeful and also-ran.

To wit ...

All 30 teams will be in action that first day, marking the third consecutive year the season has opened with a full slate of games.

And, if you're counting down the days until Opening Day, well, here you go ...

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