Tigers release spring training schedule

The Tigers will celebrate their 75th Spring Training in Lakeland, Fla., with visits from the NL East champion Phillies, AL East champion Yankees, Red Sox and Braves as part of an 18-game home schedule at Joker Marchant Stadium in February and March.
The longest-running relationship between a Major League team and a Spring Training city hits another milestone this year with 75 years, including the last 46 in a row at the Tigertown complex just north of downtown. 
With Opening Day coming March 31 at Yankee Stadium, the spring schedule also gets going a little earlier. The voluntary reporting date for Major League pitchers and catchers is Feb. 13, followed by position players Feb. 18.
From there, it’s just a week until the Tigers begin their Spring Training schedule with their traditional opening exhibition against Florida Southern College on Friday, Feb. 25 at 1:05 p.m. ET. A day later, the Tigers open the Major League portion of their spring slate against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, followed by a rematch at Joker Marchant Stadium Feb. 27.
Three of Detroit’s first four big league contests are against the Jays, part of five matchups overall between the two clubs. Toronto returns to Marchant Stadium March 1 for a split-squad game, followed by another split-squad matchup in Dunedin March 5 and one more meeting in Lakeland March 12.
With the Tigers and Yankees facing each other to open the season, they’ll have just two meetings this spring at opposite ends of the schedule — Feb. 28 in Lakeland, then March 29 at Legends Field in Tampa to close out Spring Training. Baltimore, which hosts the Tigers in early April, will meet Detroit three times this spring — March 4 in Lakeland, and March 13 and 28 in Sarasota.
The Phillies will send squads to Marchant Stadium on March 6, March 9 and March 26. The Red Sox, Cardinals and NL Central champion Twins will visit to Marchant Stadium March 15-17, part of a stretch of five Tigers home games in a six-day stretch.
Tickets this spring will be split into three color-coded levels. Tickets for premium games, known as Navy level, will range from $14-25. Mid-level games, known as Orange level, will be priced at $12-23. White-level games will be ticketed at $9-20.
Individual game tickets will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. ET online at tigers.com, in person at the Marchant Stadium ticket office, or by phone at 866-66-TIGER. Full-season ticket packages are on sale now, also at tigers.com and the stadium ticket office, or by phone at 863-686-8075.


Excellent. Now I can make vacation plans. I’ve got to include a game at Clearwater because they serve authentic Philly cheesesteaks there.
So Uggla is off the board, and so is Buck, it appears. After all the Tiger talk, Uggla went for Infante and lefty pitcher Dunn. I wouldn’t mind having Omar back myself.
DD reminds me of that old line from war movies, so well repeated by Robert Stack in the movie “Airplane.” “No…….that’s what they expect us to do.” Watch him come home with Justin Upton.

Didn’t we hear some buzz about Matt Kemp earlier this year also? Either one would be a welcome addition and both seem to be available…

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