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Orioles will begin reporting to spring training on Feb. 13

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
The Orioles will begin reporting to spring training on Feb. 13 this year, almost a week earlier than normal.

Thanks to the World Baseball Classic, the Orioles will report to spring training a bit early this season.

The team announced pitchers and catchers are due in Sarasota, Fla., at the club's spring training facility by Feb. 13, with the rest of the position players expected to report by Feb. 16 in advance of the first full-squad workout the following day.

Last season, without the prospect of the WBC pulling players away from spring training, the Orioles pitchers reported on Feb. 19, with the rest of the team coming in on Feb. 24.

This year, Feb. 24 is the date of the first Grapefruit League game, which will take place against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland.

So far, the Orioles have four players set to play in the WBC — center fielder Adam Jones (United States), third baseman Manny Machado (Dominican Republic), second baseman Jonathan Schoop (Netherlands) and left fielder Hyun Soo Kim (South Korea).

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