MLB Roundup: 2014 season to open in Australia

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Major League Baseball unveiled the 2014 regular-season schedule, which will begin with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers playing a two-game series in Sydney, Australia, on March 22-23.
The remainder of the schedule will begin a week later, with ESPN kicking off its 25th season of "Sunday Night Baseball" on March 30 with teams yet to be announced.
The traditional Opening Day will be Monday, March 31, with 14 games, including 10 divisional matchups and an interleague game with the Philadelphia Phillies at the Texas Rangers.
The Houston Astros will play host to the New York Yankees on April 1 in the 2014 openers for both teams.

---The Oakland Athletics activated outfielder Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, hoping that the time off leaves him ready to contribute as the team looks to hold off the Texas Rangers in the American League West.
Reddick, who went on the DL on Aug. 26 with a right wrist injury that has bothered him all season, entered Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Twins hitting .213 with 10 home runs and 46 RBIs. It's a far cry from the numbers he put up in his breakout campaign in 2012, when he finished the year with 32 home runs and 85 RBIs.

---New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell was scheduled to have neck surgery in California on Tuesday, ESPNNewYork.com reported.
Mets manager Terry Collins announced Monday night that Parnell would undergo surgery after having been sidelined since July 31. He initially was prescribed medication before an Aug. 5 follow-up examination revealed a herniated disk.
Parnell, 29, initially hoped to be back on the mound before the end of the season. Stepping into the closer's role, he converted 22 of 26 save opportunities this season. In 49 games, he went 5-5 with a 2.16 ERA. Prior to this year -- in which Mets closer Frank Francisco has made just one appearance -- Parnell had 14 career saves.

---The Philadelphia Phillies scratched right-hander Roy Halladay from his scheduled start on Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres because of flu-like symptoms.
Tyler Cloyd was scheduled to start in his place. Halladay was to be moved back to Thursday in the Philadelphia rotation, CSNPhilly.com reported.
Halladay has made three starts since missing 3 1/2 months after shoulder surgery. He gave up one run to the Washington Nationals in six innings in his last outing. The 36-year-old has a 3-4 record with a 7.19 ERA this season.

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