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Diamondbacks will start Patrick Corbin, Trevor Cahill in Australia series vs. Dodgers

Mar 3, 2014, 6:21 PM EDT

The Diamondbacks and Dodgers will ring in the 2014 MLB season in Australia with a two-game series at the Sydney Cricket Ground from March 22-23. While we’re still waiting on official word from the Dodgers, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson confirmed via his Twitter account today who he plans to start during the series:

Corbin, 24, gets the Opening Day nod for Arizona after an impressive first full season in the majors last year in which he posted a 3.41 ERA and 178/54 K/BB ratio over 208 1/3 innings. Cahill had a 3.99 ERA and 102/65 K/BB ratio across 146 2/3 innings last year.

While it has been widely assumed that 2013 NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will start the season opener for the Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly has remained quiet about his plans. Zack Greinke, who expressed his disinterest in pitching in Australia in the first place, is not expected to be ready after his recent calf injury.

  1. gothapotamus90210 - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    why’d did the players’ union ever agree to this? i wouldn’t blame the players if they tried hugging homeless people in an effort to get sick prior to the trip.

    • chill1184 - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Nothing wrong trying to grow the game globally

      • paperlions - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:54 AM

        Sure. But playing preseason or offseason games in Australia would have the exact same effect as playing regular season games….it isn’t like anyone there is going to get excited because the games count in a distant league that the vast majority of the population doesn’t care about. If seeing the skills of the world’s best players is the goal, the games don’t need to “count”. Indeed, it would probably be more effective if they put together a roster from MLB and a roster from the NPB to play there….like they used to do for a series of games in Japan every year….and let the players choose to participate or not.

        Having these 2 games there is going to have an immeasurable effect on baseball’s popularity in Australian…as in, it will be so small you won’t be able to measure it.

  2. nymets4ever - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Let’s go DBacks

  3. aziceman - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Why not have four teams go for two weeks of spring training games?

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