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A preview of what’s happening around the majors on Sunday:

Reds right-hander Hunter Greene will make his highly anticipated major league debut when he takes on the World Series champion Braves in Atlanta.

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Greene’s status as a top prospect was bolstered by the focus on his 100mph fastball.

“It’s a special gift and he should accept that and it should give him confidence,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said Saturday. “…There’s more to pitch than velocity, and he knows it.”

Greene, 22 (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) was the Reds’ second pick in the 2017 draft. He posted a combined record of 10-8 with a 3.30 ERA at Double-A Chattanooga and Triple -At Louisville in 2021. He struck out 234 in 179 innings in three minor league seasons.

Bell said he would try to make Greene’s debut “as normally as possible.” “Whatever happens, it’s going to be a great day for him. He is prepared and he is ready for success.

Ian Anderson is expected to pitch for the Braves. In his last start that counted, he went five hitless innings in Game 3 of the World Series against Houston and picked up the win.

Not always a fan favorite in the Bronx, Giancarlo Stanton earns his stripes against the rival Red Sox. The Yankees slugger became the first player to homer against Boston in six straight games in a 4-2 win Saturday, and he’ll have a shot at No. 7 in prime time. Stanton and Anthony Rizzo became the first players in Yankees history to play together in the first two games of a season.

Three players had managed five games in a row against Boston: Mickey Mantle (1954), Ken Griffey Jr. (1996-97) and Jim Thome (1997).

Great company for the 6-foot-6 Stanton, and more: The Saint Peter men’s basketball team will be honored ahead of Sunday night’s game at Yankee Stadium for their run to the Elite Eight, and the forward from 6-foot-7 KC Ndefo will throw the ceremonial first pitch.

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber makes his Tampa Bay debut when he takes on the Orioles at Tropicana Field.

The 35-year-old right-hander joined the Rays after going 5-3 with a 3.83 ERA for the Yankees last season. He threw a no-hitter for New York, but also missed big time with a shoulder injury.

Kluber also pitched for Cleveland and Texas during his 12-season career.

The Rays, two-time AL East champions, have beaten Baltimore 14 straight, their longest streak against a single opponent in team history. The chain includes a pair of wins to start this year.

Tampa Bay is 20-1 against the O’s since the start of 2021, outscoring them 157-75 in that span.

The Cardinals will see how manager Oliver Marmol feels, a day after missing a game after being diagnosed with the flu.

Marmol, the winner in his major league coaching debut Thursday, was at Busch Stadium ahead of Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh. He tested negative for COVID-19 and left the stadium.

St. Louis bench coach Skip Schumaker replaced Marmol in a 6-2 win over the Pirates.

White Sox ace Lucas Giolito will be sidelined with low abdominal strain while pitching on Opening Day.

Giolito goes on the 10-day disabled list. He felt sick on three straight pitches and warned the coaching staff after the fourth inning in Detroit on Friday. The 27-year-old right-hander allowed one hit and struck out six before leaving.

“From what I understand, it’s a random, weird, weird thing,” Giolito said. “That doesn’t happen very often to baseball players. … I’m very optimistic it won’t affect my season too much.

The All-Star was 11-9 with a 3.53 ERA last season.

Another Chicago starter, Lance Lynn, underwent knee surgery earlier this month and is expected to be out four to six weeks.

Rangers newcomer Jon Gray will be out due to a blister that developed on opening day.

Signed to a four-year, $56 million deal after spending seven seasons in Colorado, Gray pitched four innings in Toronto on Friday before leaving with a blister in his right middle finger. He allowed three runs in four innings.

Texas placed the 30-year-old right-hander on the 10-day disabled list.

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