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11/17/2008 4:51 PM ET
Cubs, Yankees to play first-ever games at new Yankee Stadium on April 3 and 4
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees announced today they will play the first-ever exhibition games at the new Yankee Stadium on Friday, April 3 at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday, April 4 at 1:05 p.m.

"The Cubs are thrilled to be the Yankees' first opponent in the new Yankee Stadium and are honored to take part in this historic event," said Crane Kenney, Chairman of the Cubs. "Lou Piniella and eight of our players had the honor to partake in All-Star Game festivities that helped say farewell to Yankee Stadium last summer, and we look forward to participating in the opening of the Yankees' new ballpark next spring."

"The Yankees organization is excited and honored to host the Chicago Cubs in two exhibition games to be played at the new Yankee Stadium," said Yankees co-chairman Hal Steinbrenner. "As we welcome our fans into the ballpark for the first time, it is fitting to showcase two of Baseball's greatest and most historic franchises."

"We are thrilled to have such a great organization in the Chicago Cubs agree to play the first-ever exhibition games as we unveil Yankee Stadium," said Yankees President Randy Levine. "It will be a symbolic event for the fans of two iconic teams while we celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in this proud franchise's history."

This two-game exhibition will also mark the return of 2008 National League Manager-of-the-Year Lou Piniella, who patrolled the outfield of Yankee Stadium for 11 seasons, was a member of two World Series Championship teams (1977, '78) and served as the Yankees' manager from 1986-88. The Cubs will play the Yankees in New York for the first time since playing a three-game interleague series in 2005.

The complete Chicago Cubs 2009 Spring Training schedule will be released at a later date. Additionally, the Yankees will release ticket information for the two exhibition games vs. the Cubs at new Yankee Stadium at a later date.
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