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Braves set for four night games in Spring Training

ATLANTA -- The Braves created some anticipation on Tuesday with the release of their 2013 Spring Training schedule. Atlanta will open its exhibition season on Feb. 22 when it plays host to the defending American League champion Tigers at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. After hosting the Yankees the following day, the Braves will travel to Bradenton, Fla., on Feb. 24 to play the Pirates.

After playing 35 games in Florida, the Braves will make their final preparations for the regular season with a game against their top Minor League players. This game will be played in Pearl, Miss., on March 30 at Trustman Park, the home of the Double-A Mississippi Braves.

The Braves will open the regular season against the Phillies on April 1 at Turner Field.

Atlanta's pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Feb. 11 in preparation of their first workout the following day. The remainder of the club will be scheduled to report on Feb. 14. The first full-squad workout will be held on Feb. 15.

This marks the 16th consecutive season that the Braves will stage their Spring Training activities at the Disney complex.

The Nationals and Tigers are both scheduled to make three visits to Disney this season. The Braves will play two home games against the Yankees, Mets, Astros and Marlins.

Of the 18 games scheduled to be played at Disney, four will be played at night: March 1 against the Nationals, March 7 against the Tigers, March 16 against the Yankees and March 21 against the Nats. The Yanks game is on a Saturday and will begin at 5:05 p.m. ET. The other three night games will begin at 6:05 p.m. ET.

Because many players will be participating in the World Baseball Classic, each Major League team will have more scheduled off-days than normal. The Braves are not scheduled to play on March 6, 19 and 27.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for
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