MLB approves request to move Yakima Bears to Hillsboro

MLB approves request to move Yakima Bears to Hillsboro
Yakima Bears mascot.

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Major League Baseball has approved the Yakima Bears' request to move to Hillsboro for the 2013 season.

The Oregonian reports that Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey made the announcement at the end of Tuesday's council meeting. Willey added that construction of a $15.2 million, 4,500-seat stadium can begin soon.

The Yakima Bears are the Northwest League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Eugene Emeralds and Salem-Keizer Volcanoes play in the same league. They are farm teams for the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants, respectively.