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USA Baseball World Championships Tour to stop in Greensboro

June 8, 2006 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Greensboro Grasshoppers News Release

GREENSBORO, NC - USA Baseball and the Greensboro Grasshoppers announced today that the 2006 USA Baseball National Team and Team Japan will play Game #4 of the 35th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series at First Horizon Park in Greensboro, North Carolina, on July 28, 2006, at 7:00 pm EDT.

Tickets for the game are on sale now through the Grasshoppers ticket office or online at For more information, please call (336) 268-2255. The game will be part of USA Baseball's Road to the World Championships Summer Tour that includes games at eight Minor League stadiums throughout North and South Carolina.

"The opportunity to forge a partnership with the Greensboro Grasshoppers and having a game at First Horizon Park is something USA Baseball has looked forward to since the park opened last year," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO. "We are very excited to bring this night of international baseball action to Greensboro as Team USA prepares to defend its Gold Medal at the World Championships. "

The USA Baseball National Team will wrap-up their 2006 season at the FISU World University Baseball Championships in Havana, Cuba, where they will look to defend the Gold Medal they captured at the 2004 event. Current Grasshoppers' catcher Brett Hayes was a member of the 2004 squad when he was at the University of Nevada.

The USA Baseball National Team consists of the top collegiate baseball players in the country. Each summer the team plays in a schedule of exhibition games across America and overseas, including the annual five-game USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series. Team USA leads the all-time series between the two countries by a 20-14 margin - having never lost the series on home soil.

Players who have worn the Red, White, and Blue for the USA Baseball National Team and have gone on to Major League Baseball success include such notables as Todd Helton, Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira and Jason Varitek, and rising stars Bobby Crosby, Ryan Howard and Huston Street. For more information about Team USA, log on to .

"We're extremely excited and fortunate to host the USA Baseball Tour as it showcases future stars right here in Greensboro," said Grasshoppers President Donald Moore. "Being a city so rich in baseball history and tradition, the fit of this event could not be more perfect."

USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The organization selects and trains the USA Baseball Olympic Team, the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate), the USA Baseball Junior National Team (18-under), and the USA Baseball Youth National Team (16-under) which participate in various international competitions each year.

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