The New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers have both got off to winning ways in their season openers of Major League Baseball's abbreviated 60-game campaign.
The Yankees recorded a 4-1, rain-shortened victory at Washington Nationals, while the Dodgers erupted late on for an 8-1 win at home to the San Francisco Giants.
The game in Washington was halted with one out in the top of the sixth inning, when the Yankees had runners at first and third, and play never resumed. The result was declared official nearly two hours later.
Gerrit Cole (1-0) allowed only a homer to Adam Eaton with one out in the first and finished his Yankees debut with five strikeouts and one walk in a 75-pitch complete game.
The game started with the Nationals raising their 2019 World Series championship banner, along with players and coaches on both sides taking a knee before the national anthem.
None of the players kneeled during the anthem.
The Nationals played the game without star outfielder Juan Soto, who has tested positive for the coronavirus and will self-quarantine.
The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
In Los Angeles, Mookie Betts' first hit with his new club led to the go-ahead run as Los Angeles broke a late 1-1 tie.
Betts, who played six seasons with the Boston Red Sox before he was traded to the Dodgers in the off-season and subsequently signed a 12-year extension, delivered a single to left field in the seventh inning in his fourth at-bat.
Enrique Hernandez had a home run among his four hits and drove in five runs for the Dodgers, who are favourites to win the World Series. It was the Dodgers' major-league-leading 11th opening-day victory since 2008.
The players union has approved a 16-team playoff format for the 2020 season.
Eight best-of-three 'wild-card series' will open the playoffs, with the higher seed hosting all three games in each series.
The eight teams that make the playoffs in each league will consist of the three division winners, three second-placed teams and a pair of wild-card teams.
After the opening-round series, the remaining eight teams in each league will play in the traditional division series (best-of-five), league championship series (best-of-seven) and World Series (best-of-seven).
The extra playoff action will follow a regular season that has been shortened from 162 games to 60 because of the coronavirus pandemic.