majors today:FOR OPENERSBryce Harper http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey , Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and everyone else is set to play, at last. All 30 teams are in action, with opening day on deck at Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium and ballparks in between. The forecast is pretty good in most places, with no snow or frosty temps expected, although rain is a possibility in Kansas City and Oakland.Chris Sale starts for the World Series champion Red Sox when they visit red-hot Seattle — well, the Mariners have started out 2-0 after sweeping the A’s last week at the Tokyo Dome.CY AND SIGHJacob deGrom and Blake Snell get an early chance to defend their Cy Young Awards — first-time winners last year, they’re pitching against the guys who were the runner-ups.DeGrom (10-9, MLB-leading 1.70 ERA) starts for the Mets when they face three-time Cy winner Max Scherzer (18-7, MLB-high 300 strikeouts) at Nationals Park. Snell (21-5, 1.89 ERA) starts for the Rays vs. Justin Verlander (16-9, AL-best 290 Ks) and the Astros at Tropicana Field.Since the Cy Young Award was first presented in 1956 http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey , only twice before have reigning winners opposed the second-place finisher on opening day the next season. In 1979, Ron Guidry (Yankees) faced runner-up Mike Caldwell (Brewers) and NL winner Gaylord Perry (Padres) went against Burt Hooton (Dodgers).DEBUT YOUPaul Goldschmidt (Cardinals), Manny Machado (Padres), Nelson Cruz (Twins), Michael Brantley (Astros), Robinson Cano (Mets), Billy Hamilton (Royals) and Yasiel Puig (Reds) play for the first time with their new teams. The Phillies show off a bevy of newly acquired All-Stars: Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura, J.T. Realmuto and David Robertson.Harper has five career home runs on opening day, tied with Albert Pujols and Ian Kinsler for most among active players. He’ll take on Julio Teheran and the NL East champion Braves — Harper is 18 for 50 (.450) with a personal-high eight homers against the Atlanta right-hander.AILINGCleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor, surprise World Series MVP Steve Pearce, Reds star Scooter Gennett and aces Clayton Kershaw and Luis Severino are hobbled. Royals catcher Salvador Perez Anthony Rizzo Jersey , Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer and Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. are out for the year.GOOD LUCK, SKIP!Six managers will make their debut: Brandon Hyde (Orioles), Charlie Montoyo (Blue Jays), David Bell (Reds), Rocco Baldelli (Twins) and Chris Woodward (Rangers) are first-time skippers, while Brad Ausmus succeeded longtime Angels skipper Mike Scioscia.FAREWELLSManager Bruce Bochy, who guided the Giants to three titles in five seasons, begins his final season when San Francisco plays at San Diego. … The Rangers host the Cubs to begin the 26th and last season at their current ballpark. Texas moves next year across the street into a new stadium with a retractable roof. … Longtime announcers Marty Brennaman of the Reds and Steve Blass of the Pirates, both 76, start their last seasons when Pittsburgh visits Cincinnati. The teams also end the regular season together in Pittsburgh on Sept. 29.“I’ve always tried to live a life of anticipation, so I’m looking forward to it,” Blass said. “I know I’m going to miss it.”THEY BLUE ITThe Rays are looking at using blue lights to tint the roof of Tropicana Field in hopes of giving the domed stadium a different look as well as making it easier for players to track fly balls. Plans to use them are pending approval by Major League Baseball, which is not expected to make a decision by opening day. Tampa Bay played an exhibition at Tropicana Field on Tuesday and turned on the blue lights for the national anthem http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey , but not during the game. Rumors, dealings, nothing much."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Diamondbacks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang FoodSnake Bytes 12/13: Anything happen?New,21commentsRumors, dealings, nothing much. ByedbiggheadDec 13, 2018, 10:16am ESTShareTweetShareShareSnake Bytes 12/13: Anything happen?When are we going to bring back this shirt?Diamondbacks News:Bradley could have leg up on Dbacks closer job. “I think if you were going to come up here and arm wrestle me and force me to give you a decision,” Lovullo said, “I’ll probably start with Archie Bradley as the extreme back-end of the equation.”Joe Maddon on Goldschmidt trade.“I don’t like the Diamondbacks right now at all, I really don’t,” Maddon said Tuesday, knowing the NL Central rival Cardinals had strengthened their batting order. “When he sashays into the clubhouse and everybody sees him walking in there Andre Dawson Jersey , they all become better. That definitely makes them much more difficult to beat next year.”This is what is sounds like, when hipsters cry. Derrick Hall on the Goldy trade and the future of Chase Field. “We don’t want downtown to change much. I like the impact that we’ve had...”Hall also addressed fears that the D-backs could spend the next few year rebuilding.Around Baseball:The Scott Boras metaphor generator will explain exactly what’s going on in the Winter Meetings. What is he going to say next? Well, that’s up to you. SB Nation is proud to present the Scott Boras Metaphor Generator!Start saying your goodbyes to Tampa Bay baseball now.I just can’t get it out of my head that MLB has tired of underwriting and subsidizing a franchise with bad attendance when it already has one of those in Florida. And if you think anyone is going to try to nudge baseball man/god Derek Jeter and the Marlins from Miami, you’re daft. Jeter beats the Rays, again.The active secondary market at the Winter Meetings is progress for baseball. In recent years, Williams pointed out, “There haven’t been a lot of commitments to players making this kind of money. So this is a significant shift for us. We’ve been laying in the weeds for a couple of years and focused on rebuilding, and now it’s time to add to the team. We’re in that mode now. And we fully expect to make more deals. This is the first of more to come.”How do seagulls know it is the ninth inning of the ball game?Well? Off Topic Snake Story:8,300 year old stone snake skulls reveal stone-age ritual ceremonies. Even then, they were praying to snakes. Godley be praised!