• Dodgers, D-backs slug it out in Australia


    SYDNEY: America’s Major League Baseball launches its opening day series this weekend in Australia with an intriguing match up between feuding rivals, the cashed-up Los Angeles Dodgers and the less endowed Arizona Diamondbacks. The Sydney Cricket Ground has been transformed to a MLB-approved baseball field at a cost of Aus$2 million ($1.8 million), with 250 tonnes of clay especially shipped in from San Diego for the pitcher’s mound and infield. The SCG, where Australia wrapped up a 5-0 Ashes cricket series win over England last January, has not hosted a baseball match since the Chicago White Sox played a 1914 exhibition in the country.


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