O's, AL foes keep distance this spring

January 08, 1998|By Joe Strauss | Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF

Left to themselves by the major leagues' all-out retreat from South Florida, the Orioles yesterday announced a spring training schedule including 14 full-squad home games and only two American League opponents.

Their Grapefruit League schedule begins Feb. 28 with a game at Fort Lauderdale Stadium vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers and ends there March 28 against the New York Mets. The Mets will accompany the Orioles to Camden Yards for a March 29 afternoon exhibition.

Pitchers and catchers officially report on Feb. 15, followed by position players on Feb. 20.

Geography represents a special Orioles' challenge. Jupiter, new training site for the Montreal Expos and St. Louis Cardinals, is the closest outpost at 90 minutes away.

Because of the Orioles' relative isolation, the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox are the only American League teams on their exhibition schedule.

Ticket packages will go on sale Jan. 17 at the Orioles' box office at Fort Lauderdale Stadium or through Florida Ticketmaster.

Orioles exhibition schedule

Date .. ..Opponent .. .. .. .. .. ..Site .. .. .. .. .. .Time

2/28 .. ..L.A. Dodgers .. .. .. .. .Fort Lauderdale .. ..1:05

3/1 .. ...New York Mets .. .. .. ...Port St. Lucie .. ...1:10

3/2 .. ...Montreal Expos .. .. .. ..Fort Lauderdale .. ..1:05

3/3 .. ...Minnesota Twins .. .. .. .Fort Lauderdale .. ..1:05

3/4 .. ...St. Louis (ss) .. .. .. ..Jupiter .. .. .. ....1:05

3/5 .. ...New York Mets .. .. .. ...Fort Lauderdale .. ..1:05

3/6 .. ...L.A. Dodgers .. .. .. .. .Vero Beach .. .. .. .1:05

3/7 .. ...Montreal Expos .. .. .. ..Jupiter .. .. .. .. .1:05

3/8 .. ...Boston Red Sox .. .. .. ..Fort Lauderdale .. ..1:05

3/9 .. ...Minnesota Twins .. .. ....Fort Lauderdale .. ..1:05

3/10 .. ..St. Louis Cardinals .. ...Fort Lauderdale .. ..1:05

3/11 .. ..Boston Red Sox .. .. .. ..Fort Myers .. .. .. .1:05

3/12 .. ..St. Louis Cardinals .. ...Jupiter .. .. .. .. .1:05

3/13 .. ..L.A. Dodgers .. .. .. .. .Vero Beach .. .. .. .1:05

3/14 .. ..Montreal Expos .. .. .. ..Fort Lauderdale .. ..1:05

3/15 .. ..New York Mets .. .. .. ...Port St. Lucie .. ...1:10

3/16 .. ..Florida Marlins .. .. .. .Fort Lauderdale .. ..7:05

3/17 .. ..Florida Marlins .. .. .. .Fort Lauderdale .. ..1:05

3/19 .. ..Montreal Expos .. .. .. ..Jupiter .. .. .. .. .1:05

3/20 .. ..L.A. Dodgers .. .. .. .. .Fort Lauderdale .. ..1:05

3/21 .. ..St. Louis Cardinals .. ...Fort Lauderdale .. ..1:05

3/22 .. ..Montreal Expos .. .. .. ..Fort Lauderdale .. ..1:05

3/23 .. ..Minnesota Twins .. .. .. .Fort Myers .. .. .. .1:05

3/24 .. ..New York Mets .. .. .. ...Fort Lauderdale .. ..1:05

3/25 .. ..Florida Marlins .. .. .. .Viera .. .. .. .. ...6:05

3/26 .. ..Florida Marlins .. .. .. .Viera .. .. .. .. ...1:05

3/27 .. ..Montreal Expos ... .. .. .Jupiter .. .. .. .. .1:05

3/28 .. ..New York Mets .. .. .. ...Fort Lauderdale .. ..2:10

3/29 .. ..New York Mets .. .. .. ...Oriole Park .. .. ...1:35

Pub Date: 1/08/98

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