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Dodgers to host Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day

The game will be televised by ESPN2, with no local blackouts.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers and Mariners will take part in Major League Baseball's annual Civil Rights Game this season, and for the first time the event will coincide with Jackie Robinson Day on April 15.

The Dodgers will host the Mariners on Wednesday night, April 15 at 7:10 p.m. PT, and in addition to the local SportsNet LA broadcast the game will be televised nationally by ESPN2, with no local blackouts. It is the 68th anniversary of Robinson's major league debut.

"It is truly an ideal pairing to have the franchise of Jackie Robinson and the city of Los Angeles join our National Pastime in recognizing leaders of the past and present who have done so much for the benefit of our country," said MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. "Together with the Dodgers, Major League Baseball will proudly celebrate the civil rights movement, the courageous people like Jackie who contributed to it, and its many lessons that continue to resonate today."

The Civil Rights Game began in 2007 as an in-season exhibition game in Memphis, but shifted to regular season contests in 2009. The Dodgers have taken part in one prior Civil Rights Game, when they battled the Braves in Atlanta in 2012.

The game was designed to "pay tribute to the spirit of the civil rights movement and to honor those who embodied the struggle for equal rights for all Americans."

The Dodgers played at home for nine consecutive Jackie Robinson Days (2005-2013) before traveling to San Francisco to face the Giants last April 15.