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Padres and Dodgers will play 2018 series in Monterrey, Mexico

Melinda Barton | 15 November, 2017, 03:21

San Diego will be the home team in the series according to the Times, and it will be the first of six that Major League Baseball plans to play in Mexico over the next four seasons.

The Dodgers have also played games overseas, opening the 2014 season with a series against the Diamondbacks in Australia.

This will be the third regular-season series in Monterrey.

Bill Shaiken of the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday that the Dodgers will play a three-game series against the Padres in Mexico.

The Padres will be the home team for all three games.

"The Dodgers are excited and extremely proud to be returning to Mexico as a team for the fourth time in our history", Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a written statement announcing the series. Born in the USA and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, Adrian added, "This series will be memorable for all involved, as we visit Monterrey to repay the baseball fans in Mexico for their never-ending support of the game we all love".

The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins are scheduled to play in Puerto Rico in April.

The Padres market extensively in nearby Mexico. In game three of that series, one of the more memorable moments in Padres lore occurred. Gonzalez has said he hopes to play regularly next year, which could require a move to another team.

Major League Baseball's quest for global relevance will travel south of the border next season. He batted.174 in 23 at-bats.

A Dodgers-Padres series in Mexico City had previously been proposed, but delays in the construction of a new ballpark prompted discussions to shift to Monterrey. Non-player personnel will receive a $40,000 bonus, per Shaikin.