The 2019 Japan Opening Series, which will serve as A's home games, will represent the fifth time that MLB has opened its season in Tokyo. The last Opening Series in Tokyo took place in 2012, when the A's and Mariners split the two games. This will mark the eighth season-opener to be played internationally.
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The 2019 season will feature three different events in Monterrey, Mexico, totaling six games and all featuring division rivals. The Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks will play a pair of Spring Training games on March 9-10, the Cincinnati Reds will host the St. Louis Cardinals for a two-game regular-season set on April 13-14 and the Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros will play a two-game series on May 4-5.
Previous MLB International Events
The Cleveland Indians battled the Minnesota Twins in the thrilling 2018 Puerto Rico Series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.
Kluber stymies Twins as Tribe hits four HRsAmidst all the noise within Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Tuesday night, Corey Kluber put his intense focus on full display for the raucous crowd. The Indians' ace ignored the tambourines and thundersticks and whistles and horns and chants, and delivered another strong performance.
Sons of Puerto Rico help Twins top Tribe in 16Puerto Rico natives Jose Berrios and Eddie Rosario thrilled their home crowd in the longest Major League game ever held at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, a 2-1 win for the Twins in 16 innings. Berrios dueled Indians starter Carlos Carrasco over seven scoreless innings, long before Edwin Encarnacion and Miguel Sano each swatted home runs in the 14th frame of the 5-hour, 13-minute Puerto Rico Series finale.
The Los Angeles Dodgers battled the San Diego Padres in the exciting 2018 Mexico Series at Estadio de Béisbol in Monterrey.
Buehler leads LA's combined no-no in MexicoWalker Buehler worked six no-hit innings against the Padres before being removed in the rainy opener of the Mexico Series at Estadio de Beisbol, and three of his teammates combined to finish off the 12th combined no-no in Major League history, closing out a 4-0 win.
Padres bounce back to even Mexico SeriesWith San Diego trailing by one, Padres catcher Raffy Lopez sent a booming two-run home run into the right-field bullpen. The Padres bullpen did the rest, icing a 7-4 victory with 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball.
Pair of Erics secure Mexico Series for PadresEric Hosmer's fifth-inning go-ahead dinger was enough offense to back rookie left-hander Eric Lauer, who was excellent over six scoreless frames. Lauer picked up his first career win as the Padres clinched the Mexico Series with a 3-0 victory over the Dodgers in the rubber match.
MLB renewed its All-Star Tour with Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) with six games across Japan from November 8-15. The All-Star Tour games in November, featured some of MLB's best and brightest stars, and marked the 37th time overall that Major Leaguers have toured Japan for exhibition games, dating back to 1908. The All-Star Tour was hosted in Tokyo (Tokyo Dome), Hiroshima (Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium) and Nagoya (Nagoya Dome). The events began with an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants in Tokyo on November 8, followed by three games in Tokyo from November 9-11, one game in Hiroshima on November 13 and two games in Nagoya on November 14-15.
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