The 2010 World Series starts tonight, but the Orioles have already made plans for the beginning of the 2011 Major League Baseball season.
The O's on Wednesday released their 2011 spring training schedule, which starts with a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Fla., on Feb. 28. After that, the Orioles will play their first of 16 home games at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 1. This will be the second straight spring training that the O's spend in Sarasota, and their first at the newly renovated ball park.
The Orioles have home games scheduled against the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers. The O's will face each of those teams twice. They will also welcome the Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays once apiece. The Minnesota Twins will play at Ed Smith Stadium three times.
The O's will play 15 road games during the 2011 spring training schedule, including three visits to the Twins and Pirates, two trips to play the Tigers and Phillies, and one game apiece at the Astros, Yankees, Rays, Red Sox and Blue Jays. MondayFebruary 28Pittsburgh Pirates (ss)Bradenton1:05TuesdayMarch 1Tampa Bay RaysSarasota1:05WednesdayMarch 2Philadelphia PhilliesClearwater1:05ThursdayMarch 3Minnesota TwinsSarasota1:05FridayMarch 4Detroit TigersLakeland1:05SaturdayMarch 5Boston Red Sox (ss)Sarasota1:05SundayMarch 6Minnesota TwinsLee County1:05MondayMarch 7New York Yankees (ss)Sarasota7:05MondayMarch 7Boston Red Sox (ss)Fort Myers1:05TuesdayMarch 8Philadelphia PhilliesClearwater1:05WednesdayMarch 9Minnesota TwinsSarasota1:05ThursdayMarch 10Pittsburgh PiratesBradenton7:05FridayMarch 11Philadelphia PhilliesSarasota1:05SaturdayMarch 12Houston AstrosOrlando1:05SundayMarch 13Detroit TigersSarasota1:05MondayMarch 14Pittsburgh PiratesSarasota1:05TuesdayMarch 15Houston AstrosSarasota1:05WednesdayMarch 16New York YankeesTampa1:05ThursdayMarch 17Pittsburgh PiratesBradenton1:05FridayMarch 18Minnesota TwinsSarasota7:05SaturdayMarch 19Philadelphia PhilliesSarasota1:05SundayMarch 20Tampa Bay RaysCharlotte County1:05MondayMarch 21off dayTuesdayMarch 22New York YankeesSarasota1:05WednesdayMarch 23Minnesota TwinsLee County7:05ThursdayMarch 24Pittsburgh PiratesSarasota7:05FridayMarch 25Minnesota TwinsLee County1:05SaturdayMarch 26Detroit TigersLakeland1:05SundayMarch 27Boston Red Sox (ss)Sarasota1:05SundayMarch 27Toronto Blue Jays (ss)Dunedin1:05MondayMarch 28Detroit TigersSarasota1:05TuesdayMarch 29Toronto Blue JaysSarasota1:05