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January 27, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Mariners get three extra games at Safeco Field in 2011

I tweeted this hours ago, but I haven’t had a chance to post it on the blog until now. It’s been kind of a hectic day.

The Mariners’ interleague series with the Florida Marlins, originally scheduled to be played in Miami June 24-26, has been switched to Safeco Field. The series will be played under National League rules, and the Mariners will be the visiting team, batting first, with no designated hitters.

This is a situation I wrote about in September, when the conflict with a U2 concert became known. Yes, the Marlins are losing three games in their home stadium because of a rock concert. It seems that U2 had to reschedule its Miami date because Bono had a back injury last year. The new concert will take place June 29 at Sun Life Stadium, and because of the setup time needed to prepare for the concert, the Marlins must vacate.

As I wrote in September, there were numerous possibilities kicked around for a new venue, including Puerto Rico, Vancouver, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg or even a spring-training facility in Florida. But in the end, Seattle was the most logical solution, especially considering both teams have West Coast series following their games against each other. A precedent was set last year, according to Mariners vice president Randy Adamack, when the interleague series between the Blue Jays and Phillies in June was moved from Toronto to Philadelphia because of a conflict with the G-20 summit. Also, Adamack said, MLB prefers games to be played in major-league stadiums.

Marlins president David Sampson told MLB.com that “the best and only solution was to play the games in Seattle.”

The Marlins are playing their last season at Sun Life Stadium before moving into a new ballpark in 2012.

“What happened was U2 had to reschedule for a year later, and the baseball schedule was such that there was no other way to have us at home that series,” Samson told MLB.com. “We obviously couldn’t play at home, because we don’t control the stadium. For one final season, we are tenants.”

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