Los Angeles Dodgers started the new season in Major League Baseball (MLB) Thursday (local time) with a big win. San Francisco Giants was defeated 8-1.
It was the first game of the late MLB season and Mookie Betts’ first game for the Dodgers. The 2018 American Football Most Valuable Player (MVP) was acquired from Boston Red Sox and is now one of the highest-paid athletes in the world.
Hailed as the MLB title favorite, Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t check out San Francisco Giants until late at Dodger Stadium, which was closed to the public. After six innings, the teams were still in balance, but in the seventh inning, the Dodgers made the difference with five runs.
Defending champion Washington Nationals lost on the opening day of the MLB season against the New York Yankees: 1-4. The Yankees are on the hunt for their first World Series title since 2009 this season.
Many players and coaches of the Dodgers and Giants knelt before the game in protest of racism. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Soto tests positive for coronavirus
The Nationals faced New York Yankees without their star player Juan Soto. The 21-year old batter tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in the run-up to the game and was of course left out of the selection.
Due to the corona crisis, the MLB season will not consist of the regular 162 until the playoffs, but only of 60 games. All games are played without spectators and players and staff must remain in their own ‘bubble’.
Dutchman Didi Gregorius, who will play with a mouth mask all season, will play for the first time with Philadelphia Phillies in the night from Friday to Saturday (Dutch time). The Phillies start a game against Miami Marlins.