MLB: 5 can't miss Opening Day matchups

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Opening Day is almost upon us. Thursday marks the beginning of the 2018 season.

I will wait while you all finish your happy dances.

Major League Baseball is bucking convention a bit this year. The defending champion is starting the season on the road and for the first time in recent memory, all 30 teams are scheduled to open on the same day.

Opening Day will mark the opening chapter of several story lines that will keep us enthralled all season. The sport's most storied franchise will debut a lineup that has the potential to go down with one of the best in the game. A rebuilding giant will see if its recent aggression will accelerate its program, and two perennial playoff powers head into the season with World Series aspirations, while the defending champs look to be the first repeat champions since the 1998-2000 New York Yankees.

As we celebrate the return of the greatest game in the world, le's take a look at some of Thursday's most compelling matchups,

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