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Cleveland-L.A. Series Moved to Milwaukee

Before last night, Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon hadn't started a game since Opening Day.
Before last night, Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon hadn't started a game since Opening Day. (By Al Bello -- Getty Images)
Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Get ready for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim against the Cleveland Indians of Milwaukee.

Hours after officials at Miller Park agreed to let the snowed-out Indians host the Angels at the Brewers' home stadium, fan interest was "encouraging" and ticket sales outpaced tempered expectations.

Brewers spokesman Tyler Barnes said nearly 10,000 total tickets were sold for all three games of the series within the first four hours of availability.

"We still don't have any idea of what to expect but so far we're encouraged," Barnes said yesterday.

About 4,000 tickets were sold for each night game -- 7:05 p.m. starts tonight and tomorrow -- and about 2,000 tickets for Thursday's game scheduled for 1:05 p.m., Barnes said.

Chris Williams, a Cleveland native who studies finance at Milwaukee's Marquette University, said he felt lucky to have the Indians coming to town. Cleveland had all four of its weekend games against Seattle postponed because of snow.

"I think it'll be really interesting," said Williams, 21, as he headed to Miller Park to buy tickets for tonight's game. "Anytime I'm able to support my team, I always try to take advantage of it."

Tickets for all games and seats will be $10 each. The 9,000 field-level seats will be sold first; loge seats will be available if necessary.

Robin Meyer, a 21-year-old business major at Marquette, said he planned to attend at least one game.

"I'm just a fan of the sport," he said.

The Brewers went from the American League to the National League in 1998. The last AL game in Milwaukee was the Brewers' 7-6 victory over the Orioles on Sept. 28, 1997.


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