Athletics and Mariners to open 2019 MLB season in Japan

By Michael Dixon
Tim Heitman, USA Today Sports

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.