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Orioles unveil Spring Training schedule

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles on Thursday morning announced their 2013 Grapefruit League schedule, which will open on Feb. 23 with a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium.

Next spring will mark the fourth consecutive year for the Orioles in Sarasota, Fla., and the third at the renovated Ed Smith Stadium complex, considered to be one of the top facilities in baseball.

Baltimore will play eight opponents during the Grapefruit League campaign, hosting the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates three times each and the Twins, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays two times each. The New York Mets will also make one visit to Sarasota.

In preparation for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Team Brazil will visit Sarasota to play the Orioles on March 6 at 1:05 p.m. The contest is one of 18 home games for Baltimore.

Single-game tickets for all O's games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale on Jan. 26, 2013. Pitchers and catchers will report to Sarasota on Feb. 12, and position players will report on Feb. 15.

The Orioles will play 16 Grapefruit League games on the road, making four trips to play the Pirates, three trips to play the Blue Jays and Twins, two trips to play the Rays and Red Sox and one trip to play the Yankees and Phillies.

Fans interested in season plans, five-game flex packs or group tickets, or those wishing to receive additional Spring Training ticket information, may visit the O's Spring Training website or call (941) 893-6300.

The Orioles are also offering the official Spring Training Travel Package, which includes hotel accommodations, rental car, game tickets, optional airfare through Southwest Airlines and other amenities. For more information or to order travel packages, fans should visit or call (800) 892-7687.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli.
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