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No Place Like Dome

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

177 years after the Battle of the Alamo, the Alamodome is embarking on its own Texas revolution.

"There's a first time for everything," said Alamodome general manager Nick Langella. "This facility has a lot of adaptability."

For the first time ever, the 20-year old venue is being transformed into a baseball diamond. And while these odds were not stacked as steep as they were against Travis, Crockett, Bowie and the boys, this project is quite an undertaking. Those saddled with the task of converting the dome to a diamond have plenty on their plate.

"They've had to pull a lot together," said Ryan-Sanders Baseball President and CEO Reid Ryan. "We've had basically eight trades in here working since the arena football games ended last weekend."

To make sure they had their bases covered, Ryan-Sanders baseball brought in Murray Cook, Major League Baseball's venue consultant.

"For an exhibition series, it's fine," said Cook. "It's all about safety for the players and ensuring we do the right thing for them and protect them on the field."

Probably the most unique part of the configuration is the distance (or lack there of) from home plate to the right field wall. It's only 285 feet. Just how short of a porch is that?

We found a high school baseball field a couple miles from the Alamodome. It's distance from home plate to right field is 330 feet. That means major league baseball's configuration is 45 feet shorter than a high school diamond.

"Regardless of where the pitch is, I'm going to swing straight up and try to hit it as hard as I can," joked Rangers outfielder David Murphy. "And if i miss it, I don't care."

David Murphy wasn't serious, but San Antonio is about baseball in the Alamodome. And now that the blueprint has been established, this group is looking forward to extra innings in the future.

"An all-star game, something like that - yes, definitely you can host it," said Ryan. "Maybe a Big 12 tournament? There's a lot of possibilities that you can do."

The fence might be short, but their goals are long term.

By: Adam WinklerNo Place Like Dome


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Scores & Schedules

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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