01/11/2010 9:08 AM ET
MLB announces 2010 Spring Training schedule
The first 2010 Spring Training game will be held on Tuesday, March 2nd in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where the Atlanta Braves will visit the New York Mets, and Friday, March 5th will mark the first full slate of Grapefruit and Cactus League games, Major League Baseball announced today.
The Cactus League opener will be on Wednesday, March 3rd, when the San Francisco Giants will play against the Seattle Mariners in Peoria, Arizona. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles will return to Sarasota, Florida on March 3rd, hosting the Tampa Bay Rays. On Thursday, March 4th, the Philadelphia Phillies will host the New York Yankees in Clearwater in a renewal of the 2009 World Series, highlighting the first day on which the majority of Clubs in both the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues are in action. On Friday, March 5th, the Cincinnati Reds will debut in Goodyear, Arizona, their new Spring Training home, as they oppose their fellow tenants at Goodyear Ballpark, the Cleveland Indians.
On Friday, April 2nd and Saturday April 3rd, the Minnesota Twins will unveil their new downtown Minneapolis ballpark, Target Field, in exhibition games against the St. Louis Cardinals. Grapefruit and Cactus League Spring Training play will conclude by Saturday, April 3rd. The final exhibition game will be played on Sunday, April 4th, when the Giants welcome the Seattle Mariners to AT&T Park in San Francisco. Later that night, Major League Baseball's 2010 regular season will begin as the Boston Red Sox host the Yankees at Fenway Park at 8:00 p.m. (ET) before a national audience on ESPN2.
ESPN's Spring Training telecasts will include:
|Monday, March 22nd ||1:05 pm ||NYY @ PHI||Clearwater, FL|
|Tuesday, March 23rd ||1:10 pm ||ATL @ NYM ||Port St. Lucie, FL|
|Wednesday, March 24th ||1:05 pm ||PHI @ ATL ||Disney, Lake Buena Vista, FL|
|Thursday, March 25th ||1:05 pm ||NYM @ STL ||Jupiter, FL|
|Friday, March 26th ||1:05 pm ||DET @ ATL ||Disney, Lake Buena Vista, FL|
|Monday, March 29th ||1:05 pm ||MIN @ STL ||Jupiter, FL|
|Tuesday, March 30th ||1:05 pm ||BOS @ TB ||Port Charlotte, FL|
|Wednesday, March 31st ||1:05 pm ||MIN @ NYY ||Tampa, FL|
|Thursday, April 1st ||1:05 pm ||MIN @ BOS ||Ft. Myers, FL|
|Friday, April 2nd ||1:05 pm ||BAL @ NYY ||Tampa, FL|
MLB Network Spring Training games will be announced when they are available.
Dates of each club's first workouts for pitchers and catchers and for full squads will be announced when they are available.