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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION, CAN-AM LEAGUE JOIN FORCES IN 2012

12/01/2011 8:20 AM -

Miles Wolff, commissioner of the American Association and the Can-Am League, announced on Wednesday that the two leagues will play an interlocking schedule for the 2012 season.

The Can-Am League will adopt the American Association’s 100-game schedule, with play starting May 17 and ending Sept. 3. Five Can-Am teams will make one 10-game road trip to AA cities, and five AA teams will play 10 games each at Can-Am ballparks, for a total of 100 interleague games.

“We are excited to be able to bring both leagues together,” Wolff said. “It will provide new competition, and fans will be able to see a variety of teams from both the U.S. and Canada.”

The American Association will consist of three divisions in 2012. The South Division includes the Amarillo Sox, El Paso Diablos, Grand Prairie AirHogs and the Laredo Lemurs. The Gary SouthShore RailCats, Kansas City T-Bones, Lincoln Saltdogs, Sioux City Explorers and the Wichita Wingnuts make up the Central Division, while the North Division consists of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, St. Paul Saints, Sioux Falls Pheasants and the Winnipeg Goldeyes.

Shreveport will not operate in 2012, but its players will be assigned to the Laredo roster.  The Fort Worth Cats will not play in 2012, but are expected to return in 2013.