Dodgers, Padres to play series in Mexico

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View of a game between the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets at Monterrey Stadium in Monterrery, Mexico. It's the first of six series to be played in Mexico over the next six seasons, with other plans for games in Asia and Great Britain, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The series will be the Dodgers first trip outside the US or Canada since 2014 when they played two games in Sydney, Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers had three players, Adrian Gonzalez, Julio Urias and Alex Verdugo, represent Team Mexico during the World Baseball Classic, while Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva was born in Guadalajara. Sick and on an IV, recent Padres Hall of Fame inductee Ken Caminiti placed himself in the lineup, ate a Snickers bar for energy, and hit two home runs in the first three innings to propel his team to victory.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres will play a three-game series at Monterrey, Mexico, from May 4-6. In game three of that series, one of the more memorable moments in Padres lore occurred. An announcement is expected Monday. "These games will also mark the first time that the Dodgers are playing regular-season contests in Mexico, something long overdue given our rich player history and strong community ties to the country".

Major League Baseball continues to spread its influence internationally by adding a series in Mexico next season. He is not expected to return by the time of the Monterrey series.

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. Director of player development Gabe Kapler left to become manager of the Philadelphia Phillies and his top assistant, Jeremy Zoll, took a job with the Twins.

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