Opening day for the shortened MLB season is Thursday, July 23, 2020.

CBS reports that Dr. Anthony Fauci is set to throw out the first pitch for Opening Day this year. The New York Yankees will play the Washington Nationals, who are the reigning World Series champions. The game is set for Thursday, July 23, at 7:08 p.m.

Dr. Fauci is the leading infectious disease expert in the U.S. He is a leading member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, as reported by CBS. Dr. Fauci is also a Nationals fan and has been spotted wearing a Washington Nationals face mask.

Like the rest of the season, no fans will be permitted at Nationals Park for opening day. The Washington Nationals tweeted that Dr. Fauci has been a champion for the country during the pandemic and that it's only fitting he throws the first pitch.

On June 23, 2020, MLB announced a shortened season would begin in July. There's a lot of changes to expect for the upcoming Yankees season. The season will have 60 games and players will get roughly 30% of their salaries. The New York Yankees and New York Mets have begun training at their respective home stadiums. In local baseball news, the New York Boulders announced their 2020 season was canceled. This lower Hudson Valley minor league team is part of the Frontier league nationwide, which canceled the 2020 championship season. However, the league is allowing local teams to determine if they can play baseball within local and state guidelines.

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