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Jon Lester will be on the mound for the Red Sox against the Orioles. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)Jon Lester will be on the mound for the Red Sox against the Orioles. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

It's the first day of the season for 25 clubs, and our first full day of baseball in 2014. Monday's early afternoon games include Boston opening its title defense against Baltimore, a pitchers duel between Justin Verlander and James Shields, Ryan Braun's return in Milwaukee, and Stephen Strasburg on the hill against the Mets. But if you're stuck at work and can't follow today's early slate, we've got you covered. Check in here for live game updates from Jay Jaffe, Cliff Corcoran and Jon Tayler.

Today's early afternoon games (all times ET):

Pittsburgh vs. Chicago, 1:05 p.m.

Detroit vs. Kansas City, 1:08 p.m.

Washington vs. New York, 1:10 p.m.

Texas vs. Philadelphia, 2:05 p.m.

Atlanta vs. Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Boston vs. Baltimore, 3:05 p.m.

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