Yankees haven't played outside continent since '55
NEW YORK -- The plan to have the Yankees open next season with a two-game series in Tokyo against Tampa Bay gained momentum Tuesday when three of New York's top officials went over details at the commissioner's office.
"We met with the Yankees and went through all the logistics, and we're very hopeful of reaching an agreement within the next few days to have the Yankees open the season in Japan," said Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer.
Under the proposed schedule, the Yankees and Devil Rays would play at the Tokyo Dome on March 30-31 following two days of exhibition games between the major league teams and the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers.
These would be first games played by the Yankees outside the United States and Canada since 1955, according to the baseball Hall of Fame. The Yankees went 24-0-1 on a tour of Japan, Okinawa, the Philippines and Guam that lasted from Oct. 8 to Nov. 21, according to the team's 1956 media guide.
The Yankees were represented by team president Randy Levine, chief operating officer Lonn Trost and general manager Brian Cashman.
DuPuy was joined by Tim Brosnan, baseball's executive vice president for business, and Paul Archey, a senior vice president of Major League Baseball International.
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