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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 12:10
G20 Summit
The G20 Summit in Toronto is forcing Major League Baseball
to relocate three games scheduled to be played in Toronto to
Philadelphia over security concerns


Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that the venue of the scheduled June 25th-27th three-game Philadelphia Phillies-Toronto Blue Jays series has been relocated from Toronto’s Rogers Centre to Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park because of the scheduled events of the G20 Summit in Toronto. The rescheduled games will still be considered home games of the Blue Jays, who will bat last, and the Designated Hitter will be used.

The decision was reached following consultations with the Blue Jays, the Phillies, the G20 Summit Management, the Integrated Security Unit and the City of Toronto.

Commissioner Selig said: “After reviewing all of the options with the parties and taking all of the security considerations into account, it was determined that the best course of action is to play the series in Philadelphia. I appreciate the cooperation of the Blue Jays, the Phillies and all of the parties who have helped resolve this challenging situation.”

Rogers Sports Entertainment President and CEO Paul Beeston said: “This was an extremely difficult decision and one which we did not take lightly. By moving our games to Philadelphia, we are acting in the best interests of our fans, our employees, the players and the game of baseball. We did not want to move the games but in looking at the realities of this situation, we felt that relocation was the most prudent course of action.”

The Friday, June 25th game will be scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (ET) and the Sunday, June 27th game will be scheduled for 1:35 p.m. (ET). The time of the Saturday, June 26th game is not yet finalized.

Source: Major League Baseball

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