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MLB releases 2014 schedule with Dodgers and Diamondbacks opening in Australia

David Brown
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Crikey, is this genuine about Major League Cricket Baseball opening the 2014 season Down Under in Australia? Yep, it's fair dinkum, mate. MLB released the '14 schedule Tuesday and, as reported in June, the Los Angeles Dodgers will play the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22 and 23. These will be the first regular season games ever played in the Southern Hemisphere, which means the MLB season will open and close in the fall.

The Ground looks like a lovely facility, based on the photo above.

[Related: Dodgers find honesty more than a virtue with Zack Greinke]

MLB has opened the season outside of the U.S. and Canada six other times, most recently in Japan in 2012. The one difference this time: You know that Paul Hogan is going.

Other schedule tidbits:

The first Sunday night game of the year will be March 30 (teams to be announced), with 14 other opening-day match-ups happening a day later.

The All-Star game in Minneapolis is July 15.

Jackie Robinson Day (the first one without Mariano Rivera) is April 15.

The season closes Sept. 28.

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