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Aflac Classic returning to PETCO Park

Aflac Classic returning to PETCO Park

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SAN DIEGO -- The country's premier high school baseball showcase will be played at PETCO Park this summer again.

San Diego team president and COO Tom Garfinkel, representatives from the San Diego Hall of Champions and Aflac Incorporated announced Tuesday the 2010 Aflac All-American Baseball Classic will be played Aug. 15.

It will be the second straight year PETCO Park has hosted the event.

"The Aflac All-American game is a great baseball property and we're proud to host the nationally televised game at PETCO Park," Garfinkel said during a press conference before the Padres game against the Giants.

"It's a great fit for the Padres because our partners in the game, Rady Children's Hospital, Aflac and the San Diego Hall of Champions, share our values and commitment to youth baseball and pediatric oncology."

The game will feature a East vs. West matchup that includes 38 of the nation's best high school players and will be nationally televised live on FOX Sports Net.

Several of those players who have already committed to playing in the game were on hand Tuesday at PETCO Park, including San Diegans Daniel Camarena (Cathedral Catholic High School) and Phillip Evans (La Costa Canyon).

Camarena has verbally committed to playing college baseball at the University of San Diego and Evans has committed to San Diego State University.

General-admission tickets will cost $5 and went on sale Tuesday. Groups of 20 or more will receive 50 percent off ticket prices. A portion of the proceeds from this year's event will benefit Rady Children's Hospital.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.padres.com, at the PETCO Park box office, by phone at 619-795-5555, at San Diego-area PETCO stores and at the Padres Store in Tijuana.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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