Anyone got an early dose of spring fever?
The Mariners announced a 37-game Cactus League schedule Thursday for their 40th anniversary season. And due to the World Baseball Classic, everything begins a few days earlier than usual.
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Feb. 14 to the club’s year-round facility at the Peoria Sports Complex. Full-squad workouts begin Feb. 19 and, as usual, are open to the public.
The Mariners’ spring opener is Feb. 25 against complex co-tenant San Diego at Peoria Stadium. It is the first of their 20 spring games at their home park, including two as the visiting team against the Padres.
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Every Cactus League opponent makes at least one visit to Peoria to play the Mariners. The Chicago Cubs, the reigning World Series champions, make their appearance on March 10 — one day after the Mariners play the Cubs in Mesa.
The Mariners conclude their spring schedule, as is now traditional, with two games against Colorado. After the April 1 finale at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, the Mariners depart for Houston and an April 3 opener against the Astros..
Tickets for all games go on sale in December. Broadcast schedules for Root Sports Northwest and the Mariners Radio Network will also be announced at a later date.
Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners