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Five things to look forward to for the 2017 MLB season

As the 2016 baseball season is wrapping up, teams that are not in the playoff hunt are starting to look to the 2017 season. They are giving rookies more playing time and trying out new players off of the waiver wire.

Their fans are also looking to forward to 2017 and on Wednesday, MLB released the 2017 schedule. Take a look at the top five moments for the 2017 season.

5. On Sunday, April 2nd, the 2017 season begins.

MLB will return on April 2nd with three games; the New York Yankees at the Tampa Bay Rays, the San Francisco Giants at the Arizona Diamondbacks, and one TBD. The Rays and Diamondback are two of the worst teams in MLB right now, so there are no great matchups so forth, but at least baseball is back.

4. Monday, April 3rd: A rematch of the first World Series.

The Boston Red Sox open their season up against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Boston. The first World Series was played in 1903 between the Boston Americans, who are now the Red Sox, and Pirates. The Pirates have only played in Boston one other time after 1903, and that was 2005. It will be great for baseball to celebrate the 114th anniversary of the first World Series.

3. Saturday, June 10th: The first scheduled doubleheader since 2011.

It used to be a standard practice in MLB to have single admission doubleheaders scheduled in before the season, but this is the first one scheduled since 2011. It is on a Saturday at Tropicana Field when the Rays take on the Oakland Athletics. It is great that the Rays are bringing this back. Being able to go to two games in one day used to be my favorite thing to do as a child and I might go to Tampa Bay just to attend the doubleheader.

2. Friday, September 1st: The final Yankees-Red Sox series of the season.

As of September 16th, the Red Sox have a two-game lead in the AL East over the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the division and after a mediocre season, the Yankees have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games and are only three games out of a Wild Card spot. With both teams playing great baseball right now, the rivalry will be fun in 2017 and will possibly decide the AL East.

1. Tuesday, July 18th Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper

The future of MLB, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will face off. The Nationals are a powerhouse in the AL East this year, 87-59, but the Angels are a struggling team right now, 63-82. The games might not be too competitive, but there will certainly be hype for the game to see this epic showdown. Trout is only 25 years old while Harper is 23. Between the two of them, they have ten years of experience, nine All-Star appearances, two MVPs, and two Rookie of the Year awards. They are so young and so talented that they will be the future faces of baseball and they will get to duke it out in 2017.

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