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Wednesday, 1st June 2011
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All-Star baseball game to be held in Sendai

The Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league will host the third All-Star game in the earthquake-hit city of Sendai this summer, it has been confirmed.

Following on from a vote by the Miyagi Prefectural High School Baseball Federation, the regional high school final will be moved two days later to accommodate the All-Star game, Kyodo News reports.

Federation chief Hideyuki Sato, said: "It's not like you can have pro baseball All-Star games every year. If this could help to lift the spirits of people in the Tohoku region, we made the decision that this is probably a good idea."

On July 24th, Sendai's Kleenex Stadium will host the third match in the All-Star series, following on from games at Nagoya Dome (July 22nd) and Tokyo Dome (July 23rd).

The impact of the March 11th earthquake on the Kleenex Stadium led to local team Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles playing their opening home game of the season on April 29th, more than two weeks later than originally planned.

Full details of the All-Star game will be confirmed on June 7th, the NPB added.

Written by Mark Smith



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