Tuesday, November 23, 2010
A look at the Spring Training Schedule
The Twins announced their Spring Training schedule yesterday. The team also announced that the prices for their home games at Hammond Stadium have also increased. The major hike in prices is for what the team considers premium games. Those game are against Boston, Philadelphia, and New York. It is interesting to note that the Lee County Sports Complex will also be expanding to help facilitate the Twins.
The Spring Training schedule offers many similar match-ups that fans have become accustom to seeing in the Grapefruit League.
The Twins start their Spring Training schedule with the first three games in the Mayor's Cup. For those that don't know the Mayor's Cup is awarded to the winner of the Spring Training series between the cross-town rivals, the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. The Twins Exhibition Home Opener is on February 27. The next afternoon the Twins go across town and face the Red Sox again. Game three is at Hammond Stadium on March 1.
The first weekend series of the spring marks a home and home series with the Tampa Bay Rays on March 4 and 5.
The next week features the most home games on the Twins schedule. They have five home games over six days. The Twins play Baltimore, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Boston in that span.
The team only has one day of split squad games featured on the schedule. The first squad will stay at home to face the Phillies. The other part of the squad will travel up the state to Tampa to match-up against the Yankees.
The final full week of Spring Training marks a rash of road games for the Twins. They travel to play Toronto, Pittsburgh, Florida, and Philadelphia. The final game in the Mayor's Cup will also be played on the road during the final weekend of training. The Red Sox will be looking to regain their crown from the 2010 season.
The Post Bobby Cox Era in Atlanta will open with the Braves clashing with the Twins. The 2011 season will mark the 20th anniversary of the classic 1991 World Series so it is fitting that these two teams will face off right before the season begins.
The full spring schedule is shown below.