TUCSON, AZ - Four professional Mexican baseball teams will begin play at Kino Sports Complex March 13, opening a series of 12 spring training games that includes two games with Triple A affiliates of Major League Baseball teams.
The Pima County Stadium District and M1 Baseball, LLC, finalized a deal in mid-January to bring professional baseball to Kino Sports Complex this year. The teams are the Toros de Tijuana (Tijuana, Baja California), Tigres de Quintana Roo (Cancun, Quintana Roo), the Piratas de Campeche (Campeche, Campeche Mexico), and the Rojos de Aguila de Veracruz (Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico).
On March 14, Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz will take on the Texas Rangers' Triple A team in the second game of a doubleheader. Game 1 begins at 2 p.m. On March 21, Toros de Tijuana will play the Chicago Cubs' Triple A affiliate. That game is also the second game of a doubleheader, with Game 1 beginning at 2 p.m.
Game-day promotions will include Mexican food, beer specials, live music, team mascots and activities for the kids. All training and games will be televised throughout Mexico and in the southern United States via a baseball television program owned and operated by the Aguila de Veracruz team.
Each team's rosters has former MLB players and staff. Jerry Royster is the manager of the Tigres de Quintana Roo, Greg Vaughn is the hitting coach. Some MLB players include Tigres: Jorge Cantú, Karim Garcia, Delwyn Young, Alfredo Amézaga, Justin Christian, Jesus Castillo (Tucson HS); Toros: Jose Contreras, Dennys Reyes, Russell Branyon, Ramon Ortiz, Miguel Olivo; Rojos: Dave Sappelt, Randy Ruiz; Piratas: Geronimo Gil, and Evan MacLane a former Sidewinder.
Exhibition Game Schedule:
Friday, March 13 @ 7 p.m.
Toros de Tijuana vs Tigres de Quintana Roo
Saturday, March 14 Doubleheader @ 2 p.m.
Game 1 - Piratas de Campeche vs Toros de Tijuana
Game 2 - Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz vs Texas Rangers AAA
Sunday, March 15 @ 2 p.m.
Tigres de Quintana Roo vs Piratas de Campeche
Friday, March 20 @ 7 p.m.
Piratas de Campeche vs Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz
Saturday, March 21 2 p.m. Doubleheader
Game 1 - Piratas de Campeche vs Tigres de Quintana Roo
Game 2 - Toros de Tijuana vs Chicago Cubs AAA
Sunday, March 22 @ 2 p.m.
Tigres de Quintana Roo vs Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz
Friday, March 27 @ 7 p.m.
Toros de Tijuana vs Piratas de Campeche
Saturday, March 28 @ 2 p.m. Doubleheader
Game 1 - Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz vs Toros de Tijuana
Game 2 - Tigres de Quintana Roo vs Piratas de Campeche
Sunday, March 29 @ 2 p.m.
Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz vs Piratas de Campeche