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Dodgers, Padres to open North American schedule after play in Australia

Michael Young slashes double to right field that

Michael Young slashes double to right field that drove in the first run of the game against the San Diego Padres in the seventh inning in San Diego. (Sept. 22, 2013)

After playing Major League Baseball's season opener in Australia, the Los Angeles Dodgers will start the North American portion of the schedule, too.

The San Diego Padres will host the Dodgers on March 30 in a game to be broadcast by ESPN, the network said Thursday.

Los Angeles and Arizona open the season with a two-game series at Sydney on March 22-23, MLB's first regular-season games in Australia.

Most other big league teams start their schedules March 31.

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