The Cubs title defense begins on April 2.Getty Images

Baseball season starts for real, after more than a month of spring training and the World Baseball Classic on Sunday, April 2.

 

Three games kick off opening Sunday when the Yankees (conveniently enough) stay in Tampa to face the Rays at 1:10, followed by the Giants and Diamondbacks at 4:10 andNL Central rivals the Cubs and Cardinals at 8:35 that evening.

 

The rest of the majors begins its 2017 slate Monday when Opening Day begins a 162 game marathon for all 30 squads.