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Baseball team's home opener is 3 months after fire

Just a few months after a fire, the West Michigan Whitecaps opened their season Tuesday night.


A Michigan minor league baseball team has honored firefighters at its home opener, which comes three months after a blaze destroyed part of the ballpark.


A blustery wind blew under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-50s Tuesday evening at Fifth Third Ballpark, home to the West Michigan Whitecaps. It's in Kent County's Plainfield Township, near Grand Rapids.


The single-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers hosts the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.


Reconstruction efforts at the park have given the home team a larger, relocated souvenir shop, a new administrative building with a rooftop grill deck and an expanded clubhouse.


Fire investigators say a trash container placed next to a space heater caused the fire. No one was hurt.

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