Rochester -- The Northwoods League has released its 2005 schedule with two new franchises beginning play and four additional games scheduled next summer.
The season begins June 1, 2005, with Brainerd opening on the road at LaCrosse, Wis., and Alexandria before returning home June 4 against the Alexandria Beetles.
The Eau Claire Express, the league's other new franchise, will open at home June 1 against the St. Cloud River Bats.
Each team will play 68 games (34 home, 34 road), an increase of four games from the 2004 schedule. The regular season ends Aug. 14 followed by the divisional series and championship series.
The 2005 all-star game will be played July 13 at Alexandria.
To view the entire 2005 schedule, go to www.northwoodsleague.com.
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