The valley of baseball

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The Central Valley is home to teams in the California League (Single-A) and the Pacific Coast League (Triple-A, one step below the majors). Major-league affiliates are listed in parentheses. The regular season runs through August.

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Bakersfield Blaze (Tampa Bay Devil Rays). A renovation cost Sam Lynn Ballpark its vintage charm, but dugout-level seats remain. From $4. 4009 Chester Ave.; 661/322-1363.

Modesto A's (Oakland A's). John Thurman Field's parklike setting, cool breezes, and the A's tough lineup make it one of the league's top spots. From $5. 601 Neece Dr.; 209/572-4487.

Stockton Ports (Texas Rangers). Baseball has been played in Billy Hebert Field since 1890. From $5. Alpine and Sutter Streets in Oak Park; 209/644-1900.

Visalia Oaks (Colorado Rockies). From $4. 440 N. Giddings St.; 559/625-0480.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Fresno Grizzlies (San Francisco Giants). Grizzlies Stadium has brought new life downtown. From $5. 1800 Tulare St.; 559/442-1994.

Sacramento River Cats (Oakland A's). Raley Field is a modern park with great views of Tower Bridge. From $5. 400 Ballpark Dr.; 916/376-4700.

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