Athletics and Mariners to open 2019 MLB season in Japan

Aug 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; A general view of the MLB logo with Colorado Rockies batting gear on it during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Colorado Rockies won 12-9. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2019 MLB season will get underway in Japan.

MLB announced on Tuesday that the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics will open the 2019 season at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

These will be MLB’s first games outside of the United States, Canada, Mexico, or Puerto Rico since the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks kicked off the 2014 season in Australia.

This is also not uncommon ground for either organization. Oakland kicked off the 2008 season by splitting a two-game series against the Boston Red Sox at the Tokyo Dome. Four years later, the Athletics and Mariners started the 2012 season with a two-game series in Tokyo, with the two teams each winning one game.