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A's unveil Spring Training schedule

A's release Spring schedule

OAKLAND -- The A's released their 2009 Spring Training schedule on Thursday, adding that ticket prices for all home games at Phoenix Municipal Stadium will remain the same as they were in 2008.

Single-game tickets for 2009 games at Phoenix Muni will go on sale Monday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. PT at oaklandathletics.com.  

Oakland's Cactus League opener is set for Feb. 25 against the host Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale, Ariz., and that matchup will kick off a spring schedule featuring a franchise-record 37 games -- plus a March 5 exhibition game at home against a still-to-be-determined World Baseball Classic opponent.

The club's previous high for most Spring Training games was 34 in both 1993 and '04.

After playing 34 Cactus League games in Arizona, the A's will return to Northern California for the traditional three-game Bay Bridge Series against the San Francisco Giants April 2-4. Following an off-day, the A's open the regular season in Anaheim on Monday, April 6, against the defending American League West champion Angels.

The A's will play 18 home games this spring, beginning with their opener against the Brewers on Friday, Feb. 27.

This spring also marks the first time in 31 years that the A's will face the Dodgers in Arizona. The two clubs square off March 16 in Phoenix and March 30 in Glendale, Ariz. -- the Dodgers' new Spring Training home. In their last Spring Training meeting, the A's beat the Dodgers, 6-5, on April 4, 1978, in Mesa.

The A's and Giants will meet seven times during the spring -- four times in the desert (March 5 and 8 in Scottsdale, Ariz.; March 14 and 21 in Phoenix) and three times in the Bay Area.

The Indians, who are joining the Dodgers in moving from Florida's Grapefruit League to the Cactus League, make four appearances on the A's Spring Training slate (Feb. 28 and March 8 in Phoenix; March 13 and 20 in Goodyear, Ariz.), while Oakland faces the Angels, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Cubs and White Sox three times each.

A's pitchers and catchers report to Phoenix for their first workout on Saturday, Feb. 14. The remainder of the team will report Wednesday, Feb. 18, with the first full-squad workout slated for the next day.

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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