ST. LOUIS -- With the World Baseball Classic forcing a larger-than-usual Spring Training slate of games, the Cardinals have scheduled 32 Grapefruit League contests over a 35-day span leading up to their April 1 season opener against the D-backs.
In addition to releasing its full Spring Training schedule on Friday, St. Louis announced its spring reporting dates. Pitchers and catchers will be required to report to the Cardinals' spring complex in Jupiter, Fla., by Feb. 12, with their first workout scheduled for the following day. The first full-squad workout will take place on Feb. 16.
The Cardinals' Grapefruit League schedule features 16 home games and 16 road contests, though four of those road games will be against the Marlins, who also play at Roger Dean Stadium. In all, the Cardinals and Marlins will play against each other eight times next spring, the first of which will be St. Louis' spring opener on Feb. 23.
Highlighting the Cardinals' spring schedule are visits from the Red Sox, (Feb. 24), Yankees (March 7), Braves (March 14), Tigers (March 16) and Nationals (March 2, 15, 27). The Cards will make the long trek to Tampa, Fla., on March 11 for a rare road game against the Yankees. The team will play the next day against the Braves in Orlando.
The Cardinals, who have scheduled three off-days during their Grapefruit League schedule, will wrap up play in Florida on March 29 with a road game against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. St. Louis will then travel to Arizona for its season opener three days later.
Tickets for the Cardinals' home Spring Training games will go on sale on Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. CT. and can be purchased on cardinals.com.
Prices for weekday games remain unchanged from 2012; weekend contests and the games against the Red Sox and Yankees will include an extra fee per ticket.
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