Female Umpire Working Exhibition Game

UNDATED (AP) -- Spring training will take on a whole new look this week.

For the first time in nearly 20 years, a female umpire will work a major league exhibition game.

Ria Cortesio is set to start the season in Double-A.

She'll be on the bases Thursday for a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Arizona.

She says she's looking forward to it and there'll be more people in the stands that she's used to.

Back in 1989, Pam Postema was the last woman to work big league exhibitions. She was in spring training for two years before getting released.

Cortesio is the only female umpire in professional baseball.

At 30, she is starting her ninth year overall and fifth in Double-A.

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