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Cubs first up for new Yankee Stadium

Cubs first up for new Yankee Stadium

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs will be the first to test the visiting team setup at the new Yankee Stadium in 2009.

The Cubs and Yankees will play the first exhibition games at the new Yankee Stadium on April 3 at 6:05 p.m. CT and April 4 at 12:05 p.m.

"The Cubs are thrilled to be the Yankees' first opponent in the new Yankee Stadium and are honored to take part in this historic event," said Cubs chairman Crane Kenney. "[Cubs manager] Lou Piniella and eight of our players had the honor to partake in All-Star Game festivities that helped say farewell to Yankee Stadium last summer, and we look forward to participating in the opening of the Yankees' new ballpark next spring."

The managers of the two teams have links to both clubs. Piniella played 11 seasons for the Yankees and was a member of two World Series championship teams in 1977-78. He also was the Yankees' manager from 1986-88. The Bombers are managed by former Cubs catcher Joe Girardi.

This will be the first time the Cubs will play the Yankees in New York since a three-game Interleague series in 2005.

The complete Cubs 2009 Spring Training schedule will be released at a later date. The Yankees will also release ticket information for the two exhibition games against the Cubs at a later date.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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