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Orioles announce 2016 spring training schedule

Orioles closer Zach Britton pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium on March 5, 2015 in Sarasota, Fla.
Orioles closer Zach Britton pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium on March 5, 2015 in Sarasota, Fla. (Joe Robbins / Getty Images)

The Orioles today announced their 2016 Grapefruit League schedule, which opens Tuesday, March 1, with an away game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., against the Atlanta Braves. The Orioles will open their home schedule the following day, Wednesday, March 2, with a 1:05 p.m. game against the Braves at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.

The Grapefruit League season will conclude with the club's home finale on Thursday, March 31, against the Braves. The 2016 season marks the seventh consecutive spring training season for the Orioles in Sarasota, and the sixth at renovated Ed Smith Stadium.

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Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Ed Smith Stadium for camp on Thursday, Feb. 18, with their first workout set for the following day. Position players are scheduled to report on Wednesday, Feb. 23, with the first full-squad workout slated for Thursday, Feb. 24. Fans are invited to watch the team's workouts on the back fields at the complex each day. There is no charge to attend, and free parking is available.

Baltimore will face eight different opponents during their 16-game home Grapefruit League campaign. The Orioles will host the Minnesota Twins and the Braves three times each and the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates twice each. The Orioles will also square off against the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies once each at Ed Smith Stadium.

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Additionally, the Orioles will play 16 games on the road during the exhibition season. The team will make three trips to play the Twins; two trips to play the Rays, Blue Jays, Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees and Pirates; and one trip to play the Braves.

Single game tickets for all 16 games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale Jan. 23, 2016. Fans interested in spring season plans, or those wishing to receive additional spring training ticket information, may call the Orioles' spring training office in Sarasota at 941-893-6300. Fans interested in additional information on suite rentals or pregame party facilities should call 941-893-6317. Additional information on Orioles spring training is available at orioles.com/spring.

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