LA Dodgers, Chicago Cubs to open 2025 MLB season in Japan: US media report

A US news outlet says the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs have been privately informed they have been selected to open the 2025 season in Tokyo.

USA Today reported this on Sunday.

Major League Baseball has been holding more preseason and official games around the world, including the recent season-opening series between the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres in South Korea. The MLB hopes to encourage more people to play baseball and attract more fans.

A series in Tokyo would be the MLB's first official games in Japan since March 2019, when the Seattle Mariners played the Oakland Athletics.

It was the last game for Japanese baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki as a pro player.

Dodgers superstar Ohtani Shohei may return as a two-way player following his right elbow surgery last September.

His team mate, Yamamoto Yoshinobu, could also pitch for the Dodgers.

The series would also be a homecoming for two Japanese players with the Cubs -- Suzuki Seiya and Imanaga Shota.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said: "I know there is nothing finalized yet. Obviously, it makes a lot of sense."