The 2010 Major League Baseball regular season will open with the New York Yankees beginning their World Series defense against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday, April 4, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. It will mark the fifth time in the last six years that the defending World Series Champion played the season-opening Sunday night game.
The game will also be only the second time in history that a stand-alone game between the two rivals has been the first game of an entire season. The clubs opened the 2005 season in Yankee Stadium following Boston’s 2004 World Series Championship.
Overall, this will be the 30th time that the Yankees and the Red Sox have opened a season against one another, dating back to the first in 1904. The Yankees hold an 18-10-1 record vs. the Red Sox in the 29 previous openers between the clubs. The last time a Yankees-Red Sox season opener was played at Fenway Park was in 1985.
The game will also mark the start of ESPN’s 21st season broadcasting Major League Baseball, and will also be available via ESPN Radio, ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV.