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The International Series at Kino Stadium will first pit Aguilas and Yaquis against Mexican baseball


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Kino Stadium will host two Mexican Pacific League teams for a three-game baseball series starting Nov. 11.

The international series between Yaquis de Obregon and Aguilas de Mexicali will mark the first time in Mexican Pacific League history that two teams will play a regular season series in the United States.

The event will be hosted by Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta, the same group that hosts the Mexican Pacific League exhibition series at Kino Stadium each October. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. on November 11, a Friday; Saturday and Sunday’s game kicks off at 5:10 p.m. Tickets go on sale Tuesday at MexicanBaseballFiesta.com; prices start at $15, with discounts available for children, seniors, and the military. All three matches will be televised in Mexico via pay-per-view.

Mike Feder and his Mexican Baseball Fiesta partner, former Mexican Pacific League pitcher Francisco Gamez, had been working for several years to secure a regular-season series in Tucson. The Yaquis club always seemed like a possible partner, Feder said. Their owner, Rene Rodriguez, attends the Mexican Baseball Fiesta at Kino Stadium every October. When Gamez and Rodriguez spoke recently, the Yaquis owner indicated he was open to moving a home series from Ciudad Obregon to the United States. Organizers discussed holding the event in Tucson or Mesa before deciding on Kino Stadium.

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“René really believes in the future of the league, with the possibility of an expansion happening in the United States,” Feder said. That’s why “there are a lot of eyeballs on it,” Feder said.

Including those from Gamez. His son, Luis, a graduate of Cienega High School, is a starting pitcher for the Yaquis. Obregon’s roster also includes former Arizona Wildcat Jared Oliva, who spent parts of the 2020 and 2021 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and former big leaguers Arturo Lopez and Allen Cordoba. The Aguilas roster includes former big leaguers Scott Schebler and Chris Roberson as well as Seth Blair, a former Arizona State first-round pick.

“People (in the United States) don’t understand: the Mexican Winter League has good talent,” Feder said.

The series is already being heavily promoted in Mexico, Feder said, with an effort to fill stands coming soon in Tucson. The Mexican Baseball Fiesta drew 5,000 and 7,000 fans to Kino Stadium on consecutive nights earlier this month. A similar performance could put Tucson in the running for an expansion franchise, should the league ever push north of the border.

“We just want it to work,” Feder said.

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