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Big-league baseball heading back to capital

Major League Baseball will announce Wednesday that Washington will be the new home of the Montreal Expos, the Associated Press reported.

According to AP, Major League Baseball has notified Washington of the impending announcement that it will return the national pastime to the nation's capital for the first time in 33 years.

The city is planning a news conference at a downtown location this afternoon.

The announcement will come one day before the 33rd anniversary of the Washington Senators' final game. The Senators moved to Texas after the 1971 season, which was also the last time a major-league team changed cities.

Baseball has been looking for a new home for the Expos since the financially troubled team was bought by the other 29 major-league owners in 2002.

Las Vegas; Norfolk, Va.; Monterrey, Mexico; Portland, Ore.; and Northern Virginia also made bids, but Washington clearly took the lead during negotiations over recent weeks.

_ TIMES WIRES

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