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  • Opening day: Baseball heats up with full slate of openers

    In this photo made with a fisheye lens, Derek Hurlburt, assistant field management supervisor at PNC Park, puts the finishing touches on the Pittsburgh Pirates logo behind home plate Sunday, March 30, 2014, in preparation for the Pittsburgh Pirates season opening baseball game, Monday, March 31 against the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:31 pm | Updated: 11:21 am, Mon Mar 31, 2014.

After a brutal winter of arctic blasts and blustery snowstorms, baseball is ready to heat up Monday with its first full slate of games this season.

David Ortiz and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox begin their title defense in Baltimore against home run king Chris Davis and the AL East rival Orioles. Robinson Cano makes his Seattle Mariners debut, looking to live up to a huge contract — just like Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout.

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