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Rays' spring slate highlighted by division tilts

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays will begin their 2018 home Spring Training schedule against the Pirates on Feb. 23 in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest at Charlotte Sports Park.

The team announced its full 2018 Spring Training home schedule on Monday, which includes 14 home dates.

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays will begin their 2018 home Spring Training schedule against the Pirates on Feb. 23 in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest at Charlotte Sports Park.

The team announced its full 2018 Spring Training home schedule on Monday, which includes 14 home dates.

Highlighting the schedule will be three home games against the Orioles, two against the Red Sox, two against the Blue Jays and one against the Yankees.

Also on the schedule are games against the Twins, Tigers and Phillies.

All of the team's home games will have a starting time of 1:05 p.m. ET, save for the finale against the Tigers, which will be played on March 27 at 12:35 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field.

The Rays are currently taking deposits for Spring Training season tickets. Fans are encouraged to place a deposit of $100 per seat now to reserve their priority for access to the best seating locations.

Spring Training season-ticket holders receive additional benefits, including the opportunity to purchase parking at 30 percent off, a discount merchandise card for the Charlotte Sports Park team store, a Rays Spring Training season-ticket holder T-shirt and hat and an exclusive event with Rays player, coaches and staff.

Season tickets for the 14 home Spring Training games scheduled to be played at Charlotte Sports Park will start at just $258. Deposits may be placed online at raysbaseball.com/spring or by calling 888-FAN-RAYS.

Single-game tickets will go on sale on Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. exclusively through raysbaseball.com/spring. Tickets will be available at the Charlotte Sports Park box office beginning at 10 a.m. on Jan. 13.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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