The new replay format that allows managers to challenge most calls by umpires won’t be in place when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks start the regular season with a two-game series March 22-23.
The two games will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The technology that MLB will use at other games during the regular season won’t be in place for the opener.
“The game has been played the same way for decades, so a few more games probably won’t make a difference. At least I hope they won’t,” Arizona left fielder Mark Trumbo said before Friday’s exhibition game against Oakland.
“In a perfect world, we would probably have it, but we won’t and we will have to deal with it. It’s just more new technology and you have to adjust,” he said.
Standard replay will be available in Australia for disputed home run and boundary calls under the format in place since 2008.
DODGERS: Hanley Ramirez returned to the lineup and hit his first homer this spring, a two-run shot in the first inning that sent Los Angeles over the Texas Rangers 2-1.
Ramirez, an ex-Augusta GreenJacket, was pulled in the sixth inning Thursday as a precaution after he was hit by a pitch in right triceps. The star infielder, who hit .345 in 86 games last season, is batting .167 this spring.
ROCKIES: Troy Tulowitzki hit two long home runs, leading Colorado to a 7-2 victory over a Los Angeles Angels split squad.
Tulowitzki, healthy in the spring for the first time in several years, sent the first pitch he saw from Joe Blanton halfway up the sloping lawn beyond left field in the first inning.
The All-Star shortstop’s two-run shot to left in the third traveled farther, bouncing onto the concourse.
METS: Third baseman David Wright was 0 for 3 in his spring training debut, a 5-5 tie against St. Louis.
PIRATES: Reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen homered, doubled and singled in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
ROYALS: Right-hander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline the pitcher for the season.
Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow on the next-to-last pitch of a scoreless two-inning outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox.
• Pitcher Brad Penny was released from a minor league contract following a poor start to spring training.
DIAMONDBACKS: A person familiar with the negotiations says left-hander Oliver Perez agreed to a $4.25 million, two-year contract.