Full Preview for Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks Opening Series in Australia

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Full Preview for Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks Opening Series in Australia
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The 2014 MLB season officially kicks off this weekend with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers meeting up for a two-game series at the Sydney Cricket Grounds in Australia.

The series commemorates the 100th anniversary of an exhibition game played between the Chicago White Sox and New York Giants on Jan. 3, 1914 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with the White Sox winning that game 5-4.

Sydney will become the fourth international city to host a season-opening series, following Monterrey, Mexico (1999), San Juan, Puerto Rico (2001) and Tokyo, Japan (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012).

What follows is everything you need to know about how and when to watch the games, the history of baseball in Australia and Australian-born MLB players and a preview of what to expect from the Diamondbacks and Dodgers this weekend and in the season ahead.

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