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San Diego Padres First MLB to Head to Mexico City

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March 10, 2016

The San Diego Padres and Houston Astros have their calendars full for spring training with one of their locations being Mexico City. The teams will play 2 games in Mexico on March 26 & 27. (Mark J. Terrill, AP)

San Diego, California - It has been 12 years since Major League Baseball played in Mexico City. Locally, the Arizona Diamondbacks are known to play in Hermosillo, Sonora. Last year, they played against the Colorado Rockies.

Now, the San Diego Padres & Houston Astros have their calendars full for spring training with one of their locations being Mexico City. The teams will play two games in Mexico on March 26 & 27.

According to reports, the games will be held at Estadio Fray Nano, which will be the first time MLB games have been played in Mexico City since 2004, dubbed the "Mexico City Series." The facility holds up to 5,000 people.

"The organization is very excited to be invited by Major League Baseball to compete in those games against the Astros," said CEO Mike Dee of the San Diego Padres. "The new commissioner has made it clear that Mexico and the span of the game throughout the country is a major priority."

Aside from heading to Mexico City, the Padres outreach is strong, CEO Mike Dee also mentioned plans of outreach to help refurbish the Boys and Girls Club sports complex in Tijuana, Mexico.

"We were thrilled to make that announcement about a month ago and thought it was important that one of those projects that comes from the All-Star game would be invested in Tijuana, it's a great facility already and number of kids that are influenced is tremendous," continues Dee.

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