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Why is baseball season opening in Australia?

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A.J. Ellis #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hititng a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on Sept. 19, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. The two teams face off in the 2014 Major League Baseball season opening game. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

At 1 a.m. Saturday, the Major League Baseball season officially gets underway.

The Dodgers will play the Arizona Diamondbacks more than 7000 miles away at a cricket stadium in Sydney. So, why is the season opening in Australia?

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