Royals to play regular-season game in Omaha next year

Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield, right, safely slides into home plate as Detroit Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner, left, waits for a late throw in the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, May. 6, 2018. Merrifield scored from third off a hit by Mike Moustakas. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has announced the Detroit Tigers will play a regular-season game against the Kansas City Royals at TD Ameritrade Park on June 13, 2019 — two days before the start of the College World Series.

Manfred said at a news conference Thursday that Major League Baseball wants to strengthen its relationship with the NCAA in general, and college baseball specifically, and also bring the game to new markets.

Manfred said there is no commitment to play a regular-season game in Omaha beyond next year but that the possibility exists.

Omaha has hosted the College World Series since 1950. Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson is from Omaha and Royals greats such as George Brett, David Cone and Frank White played Triple-A ball in Omaha.