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First Yankees-Marlins Game In Panama Draws Crowd Of Roughly 27K

The special two-game Yankees-Marlins Spring Training series in Panama City, Panama, kicked off last night with "roughly 27,000 ... jammed into Rod Carew Stadium," as the Marlins won 5-0 (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/16). The final game of the series is set for today (THE DAILY).

The Yankees prior to yesterday "last played outside North America" in '04, when they "opened the regular season with two games in Tokyo" against the Rays. Yankees President Randy Levine "stressed the importance for the Yankees to stretch their reach far and wide around the world." He added, "It’s extremely important. We’re an international brand, we have Yankees fans all over the world and our players enjoy this. We always seem to do it. We’re going to try to come back here and go other places" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/16).
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