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Canaries unveil 2014 schedule

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SIOUX FALLS  –  The Sioux Falls Canaries released their 2014 schedule on Friday, and they will open their 22nd season at home on Thursday, May 15, 2014, against the Sioux City Explorers.
For the fourth straight year, the Birds will play a continuous, 100-game schedule in the American Association. They will also have three inter-league contests with a Can-Am League opponent.
"We're excited to build off the momentum of the great crowds from this past season," said Canaries CEO/President Tom Garrity, whose club saw a team record of 161,131 fans come to the Birdcage in 2013, breaking a previous high set in 2008. "We are working hard to plan for an outstanding fan experience. In the coming months, we will unveil some fantastic new promotions, theme nights and improvements."
All home games Monday through Saturday will begin at 7:05 p.m., with the exception of 12:05 p.m. starts on June 18 and June 30. Sundays will have a new start time at 4:05 p.m.
"We believe the 4:05 p.m. start on Sunday will be especially convenient for families," Garrity said. "They can spend the late afternoon at the Birdcage and still be home in the early evening."
The 2014 home schedule hosts 11 different opponents and 29 contests in the popular Thursday through Sunday dates. The Birds will have 17 home games against division opponents. 
The American Association features 12 teams in 2014 after the the El Paso Diablos ceased operation. Three divisions – North, Central and South – will have four teams each. The Canaries will once again play in the North Division with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, St. Paul Saints and Winnipeg Goldeyes. The Central Division is comprised of the Gary SouthShore RailCats, Kansas City T-Bones, Lincoln Saltdogs and Sioux City Explorers.  The Wichita Wingnuts shift to the South Division, joining the Amarillo Sox, Grand Prairie AirHogs and Laredo Lemurs. Three division champions from the full-season schedule along with a wild card winner will reach postseason play.
The complete 2014 schedule is as follows:
May 15-16
vs. Sioux City Explorers
May 17
at Sioux City Explorers
May 18
vs. Sioux City Explorers
May 19-20
vs. Gary SouthShore RailCats
May 22-25
at St. Paul Saints
May 26-28
at Fargo-Moorhead
May 29-June 1
vs. Kansas City T-Bones
June 2-5
vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes
June 6-8
at Gary SouthShore RailCats
June 9-11
at St. Paul Saints
June 13-15
vs. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
June 17-19
vs. Amarillo Sox
June 20-22
at Sioux City Explorers
June 23-26
at Gary SouthShore RailCats
June 27-29
vs. St. Paul Saints
June 30-July 3
vs. Gary SouthShore RailCats
July 4-6
at Kansas City T-Bones
July 7-9
at Wichita Wingnuts
July 11-13
vs. Grand Prairie AirHogs
July 15-17
vs. Laredo Lemurs
July 18-20
at Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
July 21-24
at St. Paul Saints
July 25-27
vs. Sioux City Explorers
July 28-29
All-Star Break, Winnipeg, Man.
July 30-Aug. 2
vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes
Aug. 3-6
at Amarillo Sox
Aug. 7-10
at Lincoln Saltdogs
Aug. 12-14
vs. Can-Am League opponent (TBD)
Aug. 15-17
vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes
Aug. 19-20
vs. Sioux City Explorers
Aug. 21-24
at Winnipeg Goldeyes
Aug. 26-28
vs. Lincoln Saltdogs
Aug. 29-Sept. 1
at Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
For more information about business partnerships or season tickets in 2014, call the Canaries at (605) 336-6060.
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