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SUMMER RECREATION TAB Royals carry their winning ways into new season

The Rochester Royals baseball team will take the field, Mayo Field, again this year with a bright future based on a winning record. The Class B amateur baseball team, a member of the Southern Minny League, went into the playoffs with an unbeaten record but was eliminated with losses to Austin and Cold Springs.

The third-place finish came after two years of taking second-best in the state championship game.

The Royals open the 2002 season with a non-league home game against New Ulm at Mayo Field, off East Center Street just north of Mayo Civic Center.

Tickets for all home games are available at the gate for $3 for adults and $1 for children under 18.

Under league rules, all players must live within 24 miles of a team's home city. There are 48 teams statewide and five teams in the Southern Minny League.

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In addition, there are two Class C amateur teams in Rochester, the Blues and the Roadrunners. The Blues play their first game this year, while the Roadrunners have a couple of seasons under their belt.

Royals home games

June 5 New Ulm 8 p.m.

June 7 (Home opener) Winona 7:30 p.m.

June 12 Owatonna 7:30 p.m.

June 19 Red Wing 7:30 p.m.

June 22 Rochester Blues 6 p.m.

June 23 Waseca 6 p.m.

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June 29 Dundas 6 p.m.

July 1 Rochester A's 7 p.m.

July 4 Mpls. Angels 7 p.m.

July 17 Mankato 7:30 p.m.

July 20 Miesville 6 p.m.

July 21 Austin 6 p.m.

July 26 Apple Valley 7:30 p.m.

July 31 Albert Lea 7:30 p.m.

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