March 16, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers will host Seattle in Major League Baseball's annual Civil Rights Game on April 15, the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breaking the sport's color barrier.

The game, already part of the schedule, will be held in conjunction with MLB's annual Jackie Robinson Day, the commissioner's office said Monday.

''Combining the Civil Rights Game with Jackie Robinson Day will make both events bigger and provide more focus on that issue on a particularly appropriate day,'' Commissioner Rob Manfred said. ''We think we make both events bigger by putting them together.''

The Civil Rights game started in 2007. The Dodgers also will host MLB Beacon Award recipients, conduct a youth baseball event and host a baseball and civil rights movement round-table discussion.

Manfred said keeping the game on April 15 may make sense going forward.

''That's kind of our intention,'' he said. ''But no final decision on that topic.''

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