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Tigers & Twins to play Spring Training game in Dominican Republic

Posted: 2:28 PM, Feb 05, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-05 16:28:27-05

(WXYZ) — Major League Baseball announced Wednesday the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins will play a Spring Training game in the Dominican Republic.

This will be the first MLB game played in the Dominican Republic since 2000 Spring Training when the Red Sox and Astros played.

The teams will play at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Saturday, March 7.

The Tigers will be considered the home team. It's the first international game since playing in Puerto Rico in 1980.

“The Detroit Tigers are honored to be selected by Major League Baseball for this event in the Dominican Republic,” said Al Avila, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Tigers. “International growth – especially in Latin America – is a priority for many teams across the sport, and for me, personally, it means a great deal with my father, Ralph, having started the first baseball Academy in the Dominican Republic – Campos Las Palmas – and with his efforts starting the Dominican Summer League. It’s truly a country that has passionate fans and a rich history with baseball.”

“We are excited MLB has chosen the Dominican Republic as part of its Spring Training schedule,” said Eduardo Najri, President of the Board of Trustees for Quisqueya Juan Marichal Stadium. “Dominicans are passionate about the game, and I am sure they will be thrilled to see not only their Dominican players, but players who have also participated in our winter league as well. I am sure the Tigers and Twins will put on an amazing show.”

Tickets for the game will be available at https://mlb.uepa.com starting on Monday, Feb. 10.