Dodgers, Diamondbacks head to Australia to get the 2014 baseball season started

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“Absolutely. We want this to be a success,” said Tom Nicholson, director of MLB’s Australia and Oceania office. “We want Sydney to support it and they are.”

Officials are expecting about 40,000 fans for each game, which is the capacity of the stadium, including corporate areas.

In team news, the Diamondbacks had a 6-5 preseason win Sunday over the Milwaukee Brewers, while the Dodgers tied 3-3 with Colorado after nine innings. Hyun-Jin Ryu had the final tune-up for his season debut next Sunday for the Dodgers, pitching into the sixth inning.

The Dodgers‘ opening day starter, Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, was roughed up in his last exhibition outing. Last year’s National League Cy Young Award winner allowed five runs on eight hits in 5 2-3 innings in a loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp did not travel to Australia — he’s recovering from surgery on his left ankle — and Carl Crawford is staying behind for the birth of his child. Also out of the Dodgers lineup for Australia is No. 2 starter Zack Greinke, who has a strained right calf.

But the biggest news for either team was Corbin’s injury. Designated last week as the opening-day starter for the Diamondbacks, he has a partially torn ligament in his left elbow that may require season-ending surgery. Gibson said left-hander Wade Miley will start in Corbin’s place.

Miley hadn’t been scheduled to make the trip.

“I was zero percent packed,” he said. “But you know what? It’s one of those things where it’s really not a decision. You just do it.”

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