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SBD Global/March 20, 2014/Events and Attractions
MLB Expects Sellouts For Dodgers-D-Backs Games In Sydney This Weekend
Published March 20, 2014
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COVERAGE APLENTY IN AUSTRALIA: MLB's first regular-season game in Australia is receiving a substantial amount of coverage in local newspapers. In Sydney, the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday wrote a feature on L.A. Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, declaring in the headline that he will be "the star of the show at the SCG on Saturday night." The Sydney Morning Herald profiled Kershaw and noted in one season he will earn "more money than 150 NRL players across six different clubs combined." The story focuses on Kershaw's $215M contract and his "perfect lifestyle." In Melbourne, The Age published a story about the Dodgers batting practice Wednesday, and predicted "Nintendo numbers" for this weekend's series, citing player comments (SBD Global).
TRIBUTE TO COLLEGE PLAYER: MLB will honor Christopher Lane before Saturday's second Dodgers-D-Backs game at SCG. The Australian, who played college baseball in the U.S. at East Central University, was shot and killed while jogging along a road in the small town of Duncan, Okla., last August. MLB told SBD Global that it invited Lane's family to Sunday's game, where the league will have a special recognition on the field prior to the game. Two of the three teenagers accused of the crime have been ordered to stand trial on first-degree murder charges. The third one has turned state's witness in the hope he will have his charge downgraded. A date for the trial has not been set yet (HJ Mai, SBD Global).