A's release Spring Training schedule

A's release Spring Training schedule

OAKLAND -- With pitchers and catchers slated to report in less than 80 days, the A's released their official Spring Training schedule for the 2011 Cactus League season on Monday.

The club will open the season on Feb. 27 against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz., and play 32 games in the desert before returning to Northern California for the traditional three-game Bay Bridge Series against the Giants from March 28-30.

Half of the team's 32 contests will represent home games at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, beginning with the opener on March 1 against the Reds. The A's will take on the Cubs four times, the Brewers and Rockies three times and all other Cactus League clubs, including San Francisco, twice. In addition, the club's schedule calls for four split-squad dates throughout the month of March.

Other spring highlights include Oakland's first appearance at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the new shared home of the D-backs and Rockies in North Scottsdale. The A's visit Arizona on March 24 and then play guests to Colorado on March 27.

Season tickets and special "Weekend 2-Packs" for A's Spring Training home games at Phoenix Municipal Stadium are now on sale at www.oaklandathletics.com/spring. Single-game tickets will be on sale at the same place on Dec. 13.

A's pitchers and catchers report to the Phoenix facilities on Feb. 15, with first workouts scheduled for the next day. Position players are slated to report by Feb. 20, as the first full-squad workout will take place Feb. 21.

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