The first 2011 Spring Training exhibition will be held on Thursday, February 24th in Clearwater, Florida, where the Philadelphia Phillies will host Florida State University, while the first Cactus League game will be in Scottsdale, Arizona on Friday, February 25th, when the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants will face the Arizona Diamondbacks, Major League Baseball announced.
On Saturday, February 26th, three Arizona contests include the inaugural game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, featuring the clubs that share the new Spring Training facility, the D-backs and the Colorado Rockies. On the same day at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, the New York Yankees will host the Phillies, the two clubs that competed in the 2009 World Series, among four Grapefruit League games. The first full slate of Grapefruit League and Cactus League games will come on Monday, February 28th. Among the highlights of the 2011 Spring Training schedule are two games between the Giants and the reigning American League Champion Texas Rangers, renewals of the 2010 Fall Classic. The first contest will be on Monday, March 7th in Scottsdale, while the second, which will include a Giantsâ€™ split squad, will be on Sunday, March 13th in Surprise.
Select exhibition games at Major League ballparks and other special venues will run from Sunday, March 27th through Wednesday, March 30th, by which time the Grapefruit and Cactus League schedules will conclude. Thursday, March 31st will mark 2010 Opening Day, with six games scheduled.
MLB Network will televise more than 60 Spring Training games in 2011. The game schedule will be announced when it becomes available. MLB Network will also once again televise its signature Spring Training series 30 Clubs in 30 Days starting February 28, with hour-long shows on each of the 30 Major League Clubs previewing the 2011 season, reported from each of the Spring Training camps throughout Arizona and Florida.
The complete 2011 Spring Training schedule, subject to change, follows.
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Source: Major League Baseball
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