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Baseball Opening Day Outlook

UPDATED 8:15 AM EDT, April 5, 2010

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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Spring has officially arrived on the sports calendar, today is Opening day of the 2010 major league season. The famous cries of "Wait `Til Next Year!" can be put to rest, at least temporarily, as all thirty teams currently share first place and have that elusive chance to go to the World Series. WeatherBug Meteorologists will let you know if the weather for your favorite team`s first trip to the plate will be a strike out for grand slam.

Thirteen clubs open their gates for the first official game later today. The weather in Washington, D.C., where the Nationals take on the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. EDT, and in New York City, where the Mets battle the Marlins at 1:10 p.m. EDT, will be spectacular with temperatures climbing into the lower 70s with a mix of clouds and sun.

A storm edging into the lower Ohio Valley could cause problems at the plate for the Reds` opener against the Cardinals. While Cincinnati`s traditional Findlay Market Opening Day Parade should go off without a hitch at 10:30 a.m. EDT, the 1:10 p.m. game could be more of a nail-biter as a few thunderstorms arrive in the afternoon.

A check-swing forecast will also be in order for Pittsburgh, for the Pirates-Dodgers tilt at 1:35 p.m. EDT, Chicago, where the White Sox and Indians toss the season`s first pitch at 1:05 p.m. CDT, and Kansas City, home to a 3:10 p.m. start for the Royals and Tigers. Scattered showers and possibly a rumble of thunder could cause a delay or two, with temperatures in the 60s to lower 70s.

Fans leaving the Brewers-Rockies opener might need a rain slicker after the game thanks to the same storm, but with the roof at Milwaukee`s Miller Field, the 1:10 p.m. CDT game will be played without weather worries. The rest of the slate of afternoon baseball, including the Rangers and Blue Jays in Arlington, Texas (at 1:05 p.m. CDT), the Padres and Diamondbacks in Phoenix (2:10 p.m. MST), and the Cubs and Braves in Atlanta (4:10 p.m. EDT), will all be played under partly cloudy skies. Temperatures will be seasonably mild, with readings touching the 80-degree mark at some point during the game.

Dry weather and a likely-open roof will allow a pop-up to climb infinitely high at Houston`s Minute Maid Park for the 6:05 p.m. CDT game between the Astros and Giants. A few daytime raindrops will be present in California for the Golden State`s two games, but the rain should give way to a partial clearing before the lights come on. Anaheim, Calif., site of the Angels and Twins game at 7:05 p.m. PDT, and Oakland, Calif., home to the Mariners and Athletics first game at 7:05 p.m. PDT as well, will both see temperatures falling into the 50s.

One opener is set for Tuesday night, in St. Petersburg, Fla., where the Orioles and Rays will play indoors at Tropicana Field despite clear skies outside. The Tigers, Orioles, Rockies, Giants and Marlins will toss open their home gates for the first time next Friday, April 9, while the Indians, Cubs, Phillies, Twins, Cardinals, Padres, Mariners, Dodgers, Blue Jays and Yankees all wait until next week to tow the rubber for the first time at home.

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