Wednesday January 13th, 2016

The San Diego Padres and Houston Astros will play two spring training games in Mexico City on March 26-27, Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday. 

The games, which will be played at Estadio Fray Nano, will be the first played in Mexico City since 2004.

The matchup, which the league is billing as the “Mexico City Series” is a collaboration between the MLB, MLBPA and the Mexico City mayor’s office to support baseball in Mexico.

International expansion has been a major point of discussion for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. In February, Manfred told the Los Angeles Times that there isn’t a lot of talk about expansion for baseball currently, but he would be interested in putting teams in Canada and Mexico if the topic again comes up.

Jessica Mendoza joins ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball full time

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks opened up the season with an international series in 2014, playing in Sydney. 

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