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New Minor League Baseball Team Set For San Rafael Debut

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SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) – The San Rafael Pacifics minor league baseball team opens its season with a 7:15 p.m. game at Albert Park Monday.

The game, against the Sonoma County Grapes, is sold out.

San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips and former mayor Al Boro will throw out the first pitches during pre-game festivities.

The Pacifics will play 42 games at Albert Park through Aug. 26. Their other opponents in the North American Baseball League’s North Division are the Na Koa Ikaika Maui and the Hawaii Stars.

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The Sonoma County Grapes and the Hawaii Stars are travel teams that were created when teams from Orange County and Yuma, Ariz., left the league earlier this year.

The Grapes do not have a home field but are expected to become a permanent franchise next year.

More than 150 prospective players attended the Pacific’s April 15 tryouts.

The Pacifics will play home games through Sunday, except for Thursday, then travel to Maui. The team is managed by Mike Marshall, who played 11 seasons in the Major League with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets and California Angels.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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