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The Ottawa Champions will play a team from the Dominican Republic instead of a club from South Korea. (Ron Patey file photo)

The Yeoncheon Miracle independent team from South Korea will not be making the trip to North America to play against the Can-Am League teams, and are being replaced by a national team from the Dominican Republic.

The Miracle were originally scheduled to be in Ottawa playing the Champions from June 27-29, but due to visa and travel issues the Dominican Republic team will now take on those dates.

Can-Am League commissioner Miles Wolff and president Dan Moushon recently returned from the Dominican Republic where they finalized details of the agreement to have the team participate in the Can-Am League season. Members of the team will be selected by the Dominican Republic’s national baseball federation, which also oversees player selection for events such as the World Baseball Classic.

As part of the 2017 Can-Am League International Series, the Cuban National Team will return to Ottawa on Father’s Day weekend, June 17-19. The team will feature a number of players who led the team to the second round of the World Baseball Classic earlier in March.

The Ottawa Champions open the 2017 season on May 18 at RCGT Park against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles. Single game tickets go on sale April 6 and season tickets and flex packs are currently on sale. To view the schedule and purchase tickets, visit www.ottawachampions.com.

Tickets for the 2017 Can-Am League/American Association All-Star Game scheduled for July 25 in Ottawa are also on sale. Email tickets@ottawachampions.com, call 613.745.2255, or visit the RCGT Park box office for more details.

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