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Report: Dodgers, Diamondbacks to play in Australia

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will open the 2014 season with a two-game series in Australia, the Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday in Sydney.

The Sydney Cricket Ground will play host to the games on March 22-23, 2014, according to the report.

"This is a significant win for Sydney and again delivers on my election commitment to bring major events to NSW (state of New South Wales)," NSW premier Barry O'Farrell said. "It's estimated the matches will deliver a $13 million benefit for the local economy, as well as attract visitors from interstate and overseas."

The cricket field will require modification to accommodate American baseball. Dugouts, a clay infield and pitcher's mound, and additional seating are part of the plan, sports minister Graham Annesley said.

The games would be the first between two Major League Baseball teams in Australia. The Chicago White Sox traveled there in 1914 to play a New South Wales team.

The Telegraph reported that the Dodgers and Diamondbacks would be in Sydney for six days and open their workouts to the public.
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