The Los Angeles Dodgers open their 2014 season with a two-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia March 22 and 23. With the pushed up start to the regular season, Spring Training opens at Camelback Ranch in a month before the season begins.
After starting the season early, the Dodgers will return to the United States to play three exhibition games against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim until the start of their U.S. schedule in late March. With the demand to see them on national TV increasing, MLB PR announced a schedule change via Ben Cafardo of ESPNMediaZone.com:
ESPN will begin its historic 25th Major League Baseball season with an exclusive presentation of MLB’sOpening Night on ESPN presented by Scotts – Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres – on Sunday Night Baseball, March 30, at 8 p.m. ET. The new Sunday Night Baseballteam of Dan Shulman, analysts John Kruk and Curt Schilling and reporter Buster Olney will make their regular-season debut to call the action
Prior to this announcement, the Dodgers were scheduled to play in San Diego on March 31, not 30. The Dodgers will then play two more games against the Padres before returning to Los Angeles and starting the home portion of the schedule against the San Francisco Giants on April 4.
The two games in on Australia will be on the same day in the United States, 1 am and 7 pm PST on March 22. Clayton Kershaw figures to start the opener in Australia and on Sunday Night against the Padres as the Dodgers figure to be a top World Series contender in 2014.
With the success they figure to have in the upcoming season, expect the Dodgers to see several of their games flexed into primetime spots on ESPN, Fox or MLB Network.
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