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Oakland A’s, SF Giants Team Up To Help Pay Travel Expenses For Petaluma Little League Families

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2011 Little League Baseball World Series

Baseballs on a bench by the field at the start of the U.S. Championsip game of the 2011 Little League World Series. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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PETALUMA (CBS SF) — The Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants and Comcast SportsNet have donated $15,000 to offset travel costs to Pennsylvania for the families of the Petaluma Little League team playing in the World Series.

The Petaluma National team won the West Region Championship Saturday in San Bernardino and on Thursday would play the Fairfield, Conn. team that won the New England Region title.

The Petaluma Little League estimated it would cost a minimum of $2,500 for a family member to travel to South Williamsport, Pa.

Little League International covers the travel expenses of the players and coaches but not the players’ families.

There are eight United States teams and eight international teams competing for the Little League championship between Aug. 16 and 26.

The game at noon Thursday was being broadcast on ESPN and would be shown on the big screen at Boulevard Cinema in downtown Petaluma. Tickets are $15 and also will go toward families’ travel expenses.

The winner of the Petaluma-Fairfield, Conn. game would play again on Sunday and the loser would play Saturday. Boulevard Cinema also would show the Petaluma team’s second game.

Restaurants in Petaluma have been raising money for traveling expenses.

(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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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