MLB draws a crowd of sporting stars in Sydney

MLB draws a crowd of sporting stars in Sydney

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: The Diamondbacks pose for a team shot during an Arizona Diamondbacks MLB training session at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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Posted on March 19, 2014 at 6:53 PM

SYDNEY (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to sell out Sydney Cricket Stadium twice this weekend for their season-opening Major League Baseball series.

They're also pulling quite a crowd of sports stars ahead of the games.

In between team workouts Wednesday, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt kicked around rugby league, Australian Rules football and soccer balls with former Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero (football's Sydney FC), Sonny Bill Williams (rugby league's Sydney Roosters) and Adam Goodes of the Australian Football League's Sydney Swans.

There were plenty of millionaire salaries in the photo op, led by first-game starter Kershaw, who signed a seven-year, $215 million contract with the Dodgers in January. Celebrating his 26th birthday Wednesday, he also was presented with a cake.

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