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Cristian Pache gets the Opening Day start in center against Phillies

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Minnesota Twins v Atlanta Braves Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Opening Day is finally here and the Atlanta Braves will begin the 2021 season on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies. There are no surprises for the Braves lineup who will roll out their normal group plus rookie Cristian Pache behind starter Max Fried. Pache will be making the first of hopefully many, Opening Day starts in center for Atlanta. Dansby Swanson will hit sixth and be followed by Austin Riley who will be at third.

Adam Haseley won the center field job during the spring for the Phillies and will be hitting eighth on Opening Day. Everything else is as you would expect it with Bryce Harper slotted into the third spot and J.T. Realmuto behind him hitting clean up. Aaron Nola will make his fourth straight Opening Day start for the Phillies.

First pitch from Citizens Bank Park is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET and can be seen on Bally Sports South or