October 11, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) gets high fives as he returns to the dugout after scoring the go-ahead run during the thirteenth inning of game four of the ALDS against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Orioles set 2013 Grapefruit League schedule


Yesterday the Baltimore Orioles officially released their 2013 Florida Grapefruit League schedule. Spring Training will begin a bit earlier than normal next year due to the World Baseball Classic taking place simultaneously. The complete schedule is as follows (all times eastern):

Courtesy of Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Feb. 23 – Twins, 1:05 p.m.
Feb. 24 – at Blue Jays (ss) , 1:05 p.m.
Feb. 25 – Yankees, 1:05 p.m.
Feb. 26 – at Pirates, 1:05 p.m.
Feb. 27 – at Yankees, 1:05 p.m.; Red Sox, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 28 – at Twins, 1:05 p.m.
March 1 – Pirates (ss), 1:05 p.m.
March 2 – at Rays (Port Charlotte), 1:05 p.m.
March 3 – Phillies (ss), 1:05 p.m.
March 4 – Off
March 5 – at Blue Jays, 1:05 p.m.
March 6 – Team Brazil (WBC), 1:05 p.m.
March 7 – Blue Jays, 1:05 p.m.
March 8 – at Pirates, 7:05 p.m.
March 9 – at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m.
March 10 – Pirates (ss), 1:05 p.m.
March 11 – at Pirates (Bradenton), 1:05 p.m.
March 12 – Off
March 13 – at Twins, 7:05 p.m.
March 14 – Rays, 1:05 p.m.
March 15 – Red Sox (ss), 1:05 p.m.
March 16 – at Blue Jays, 1:05 p.m.
March 17 – Twins, 1:05 p.m.; at Phillies, 1:05 p.m.
March 18 – Off
March 19 – at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m.
March 20 – Blue Jays, 1:05 p.m.
March 21 – Pirates, 7:05 p.m.
March 22 – at Rays (ss), 1:05 p.m.
March 23 – Phillies, 1:05 p.m.
March 24 – at Pirates, 1:05 p.m.
March 25 – Red Sox, 1:05 p.m.
March 26 – at Twins, 1:05 p.m.
March 27 – Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
March 28 – Rays, 7:05 p.m.
March 29 – Off
March 30 – Mets, 12:05 p.m

One thing that sticks out at me is that the O’s will have four off days during the Grapefruit League schedule. Normally teams get one day off throughout Spring Training, and it generally comes smack in the middle of the schedule. However the World Baseball Classic has forced the league to alter it’s scheduling next year. All Orioles’ home games during Spring Training are played at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL. For ticket information including partial and full season ticket plans, call the Orioles’ spring training office at 914-893-6300.

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