Dodgers, Diamondbacks arrive Down Under

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Ground staff prepare the baseball field that has been especial built for the Major League Baseball opening series at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Monday, March 17, 2014. The MLB season-opening two-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney will be played this weekend. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Ground staff prepare the baseball field that has been especial built for the Major League Baseball opening series at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Monday, March 17, 2014. The MLB season-opening two-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney will be played this weekend. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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SYDNEY (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers have arrived in Australia for their Major League Baseball season-opening series this weekend after 15-hour flights from the U.S. west coast.

The Diamondbacks arrived first at Sydney airport about 6 a.m. local time Tuesday, followed about four hours later by the Dodgers.

Veteran Dodgers’ announcer Vin Scully says “it’s great to be here.” There were only a few autograph-seekers to meet both flights.

The players won’t have much time to get over jet lag — both teams were scheduled to train at the Sydney Cricket Ground later Tuesday.

Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers in Saturday’s season opener, with left-hander Wade Miley replacing Patrick Corbin, who has a left elbow injury, as the Diamondbacks starter.

They’ll close out the two-game series Sunday.

Associated Press

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