The Braves’ April 1 regular-season opener against Philadelphia at Turner Field will start at 7 p.m. and be carried by ESPN2 as part of Opening Night prime-time doubleheader.
It will mark just the second time in nine seasons that the Braves have opened at home. They start the season with a pair of three-game series against the Phillies and Chicago Cubs at Turner Field, before hitting the road for a six-game trip to Miami and Washington.
There’s an open date built into the schedule April 2 in case of an opening-game rainout. The Day 2 open date has become standard around baseball, so that teams don’t potentially have to give out a huge number of rainchecks to sellout or near-sellout crowds on opening day.
The 2012 Braves finished second in the NL East behind Washington with a 94-68 record, tied for fourth-best in the majors. Their postseason ended abruptly when the Braves lost to St. Louis in the inaugural NL Wild Card game, the first one-game playoff since the addition of a second wild card team in each league.