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"This day brings a lot of hope for a lot of different reasons for people. The hope of, your team is going to be in the World Series at the end. If you live in the Northeast and the Midwest, the hope that we're actually going to have warm days again and everything is going to be green."

— Yankees manager Joe Girardi on Opening Day



Record number of players starting the season on the disabled list, breaking the previous Opening Day mark of 110 in 2008.


Percent increase in Major League Baseball's average ticket price, which rose this season to $28.94, the steepest increase in six years.

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Ryan Braun

Outfielder, Brewers

The Brewers will get an update on star Ryan Braun, who left the season opener after five innings because of a strain on his right side. The former NL MVP banged into the outfield wall catching a ball. Braun was slowed much of last year because of a thumb injury.