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3/31 Morning Marquee: MLB Opening Day

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Baseball is back as MLB’s Opening Day hits off with 13 games and the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh to face the National League Central opponent Pirates.

In ex-Cubs news, Josh Beckett beat out Paul Maholm for the fifth spot in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation and the Cleveland Indians signed catcher George Kottaras to a minor league deal.

FOX Sports: Padres get to Wilson after Ryu’s 7 shutout innings

Chicago Sun-Times: Long season may lie ahead for Cubs; but on Opening day, anything can happen

Cubs.com: Pirates face Cubs for second straight Opening Day

Chicago Tribune: Cubs place three on DL

Daily Herald: Opening Day is all about firsts

ESPN Chicago: More intrigue in Cubs roster than year ago

CSN Chicago: Cubs’ Bosio: NL Central is toughest division to pitch in

Cubs Den: Cubs could be primed for a surprise season as “mid-term” portion of plan starts to come to fruition

CBS Sports: Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen on DL with lower back strain

NBC Sports: Indians sign George Kottaras to a minor league deal

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