D-backs take their balls and bats and leave

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Arizona Diamondbacks' pitchers and catchers run to get in shape during the first day of baseball spring training camp in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) By Ed Andrieski Arizona Diamondbacks' pitchers and catchers run to get in shape during the first day of baseball spring training camp in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) By Ed Andrieski

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Taxpayers in southern Arizona will likely be stuck paying for a spring training stadium that doesn't have a team.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are through training in Tucson. The team is taking its bats, balls and fans away from the area, likely leaving Pima County taxpayers to pay $1.5 million annually for a $22.7 million bill for Tucson Electric Park.

Without fans filling the park, renting hotel rooms and rental cars, Pima County will have to draw off the general fund which is used to operate the Sheriff's Department, parks and recreation, health care and other public services.

Tuesday is the D-backs last training day in Tucson. Next year, they will train in the Scottsdale area along with Tucson's other tenant, the Colorado Rockies.