The Yankees and Orioles Visit Dodger Stadium

Interleague Play comes to Dodger Stadium when the Dodgers host the American League Eastern Division's Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees for the first time ever in the regular season, during an event-filled six-game homestand, which begins Tuesday and concludes on Sunday.

The Orioles last visited Dodger Stadium for Games 1 and 2 of the 1966 World Series in which they swept the National League champion Dodgers in four games. Prior to that, Baltimore played at Dodger Stadium in American League games against the Los Angeles (now Anaheim) Angels, who called Chavez Ravine home from 1962-65. Baltimore posted a 15-20 mark in games vs. the Angels at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers played the Orioles in interleague contests at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 2002 and the Dodgers won two of the three games.

Although they've never faced each other in a regular-season game, the Dodgers and Yankees are no strangers. Between Brooklyn and Los Angeles, the Dodgers have squared off against the Yankees in 11 World Series with the Dodgers capturing titles in 1955, 1963 and 1981. Of the 66 total World Series games involving the Dodgers and Yankees, 11 have been played at Dodger Stadium and the Dodgers have won eight of them, including a 2-1 victory in Game 4 in 1963 to complete a four-game sweep. In addition to World Series games, the Dodgers and Yankees met for a pair of exhibition games at Dodger Stadium on April 3 and 4, 1999. The Yankees also played the Angels at Dodger Stadium from 1962-65 and compiled a 21-15 record.

The series with the Orioles will include games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. During pregame activities on Tuesday, the season-long "Toyota Heroes de la Comunidad" program continues. The program, presented by the Dodgers and the Toyota Dealers of Southern California, honors a local citizen who has made a difference in the Hispanic community.

On Wednesday, June 16, fans are invited to come to the ballpark early as the Olympic Torch Relay reaches Dodger Stadium for its final Los Angeles destination before it heads on to St. Louis and ultimately Athens, Greece, where the 2004 Summer Olympics will be held from Aug. 13-29. The festivities start at 6 p.m. Earlier in the day, the torch relay will begin its first United States stop in Venice Beach, where Dodger owner Frank McCourt will run the second leg after receiving the torch from actor Sylvester Stallone. In all, 140 Los Angelenos will carry the torch before it arrives at Dodger Stadium. The torch will enter the stadium through the center field gates and be carried by Academy Award-nominated actor Tom Cruise. He will hand it off to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, who will pass it on to four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Janet Evans. She will then turn it over to

Olympic track and field gold medalist Rafer Johnson, who will light the ceremonial cauldron. After Johnson, Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn and International Olympic Committee member Anita DeFranz speak, players who participated in Olympic Games baseball competition will be introduced, including the Baltimore Orioles' B.J. Surhoff, who played for the United States team during the 1984 tournament at Dodger Stadium. Four current Dodgers who took part in the Olympics will also be recognized. They are Robin Ventura (U.S. team, 1988), Hideo Nomo (Japan, 1988), Darren Dreifort (U.S., 1992) and Jeff Weaver (U.S., 1996). Prior to the expected 6:50 p.m. arrival of the torch, video segments documenting the Olympic torch's worldwide journey will be shown on DodgerVision and there will be performances by "American Idol" finalist George Huff and 200 Greek dancers. The Olympic Torch Relay at Dodger Stadium is presented by Coca-Cola, which will provide a free "I saw the flame" flag to fans in attendance. Singing the national anthem that evening will be recording artist Faith Evans.

In the series finale on Thursday, June 17, the Dodgers will celebrate Jackie Robinson Night as they salute the Hall of Famer who broke baseball's color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Pregame ceremonies will include a check presentation by the Dodgers to the Jackie Robinson Foundation as well as recognition of local scholarship award winners. Representing the Robinson family will be Jackie's grandson Jesse Robinson Simms. Children 14 and under in attendance will receive a free book, "Jackie Robinson: Young Sports Trailblazer," which tells the story of the life and impact of the baseball great. Slated to perform the national anthem is 2003 "American Idol" finalist Kimberly Locke.

The New York Yankees then come to town for a weekend series. The Friday, June 18 game is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. with the Saturday, June 19 contest starting at 12:10 p.m. and the Sunday, June 20 Father's Day game beginning at 5:10 p.m.

From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the 20th, fans are invited to participate in the first-ever Father's Day Catch, presented by Macy's, as they'll be able to play catch on the Dodger Stadium field. Participating in the event will be former Dodger greats Ron Cey and Steve Garvey. No game ticket is required for entry, as admission and parking for the Father's Day Catch are free.

Following the homestand, the Dodgers head north to face the San Francisco Giants for four games (June 21-24). They'll then return to Dodger Stadium for a weekend interleague series against the Anaheim Angels (June 25-27) and three games against the Giants (June 29-July 1).