MLB denies plans to play in Australia
Major League Baseball said it isn’t in negotiations with the Dodgers or any other team to open the 2014 season in Australia. Australian promoters earlier said they were working on a deal that could have the Dodgers open with a three-game series against the Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Local officials told the Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday the series would attract up to 25,000 overseas tourists and generate $80 million for the New South Wales state economy. The newspaper said officials had been working on a potential series for several years, but the identity of the teams had been kept secret. However, Sydney Blue Sox chairman Bob Turner mentioned the Dodgers and former basketball star Magic Johnson, part of the team’s new ownership group, at the Australian Baseball League team’s season launch Wednesday.