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TODAY

Major League baseball season 2020 officially starting on Thursday night but with 14 games scheduled on Friday, we'll call this the appropriate Opening Day.

And with an extended season of 60 games and playoffs, this will be a year unlike any other.

Friday starts at 4:10 pm ET with Mets and Braves face up at Citi Field. Elsewhere, the Cubs host brewers (7:10 p.m.) and Diamondbacks visit Padres (9:10 p.m.) in a chain that can shape the course of split races.

Some of the other big stories now include the White Sox Luis Robert phenomenon that debuted the grand tournament, Madison Bumgarner's Arizona debut and Astros' first competitive game since the fraud scandal dominated the race.

Stick to updates and highlights from Friday games (all EST times):

Hendricks unleashed silence (9:45 pm)

The Cubs defeated brewers 3-0 behind a masterful performance from Kyle Hendricks. The right-hand man walked the distance on 103 yards, giving up only three strokes with nine attacks and no steps.

Ian Happ struck a homer who ran twice in the third in addition to Brandon Woodruff and Anthony Rizzo added a solo shot in the eighth minute to give the Cubs a bigger cushion.

Robert had the first big blow (9:10 p.m.)

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