Tigers release 2015 Spring Training schedule

The Tigers’ 2014 season ended all too quickly in three games against the Orioles. Their preparation for the 2015 season will look awfully familiar, even if both teams look a little different than they did in October.

The Tigers released their 2015 Spring Training schedule on Thursday, looking ahead to their 50th consecutive year of preseason play at Joker Marchant Stadium and their 79th year in Lakeland, Fla. It’ll begin with an early measure against the team that ended the Tigers’ title hopes a month ago.

The spring slate begins with the Tigers’ traditional exhibition opener at home against Florida Southern College on Monday, March 2 at 1:05 p.m. A day later, Detroit welcomes Baltimore to Joker Marchant Stadium to start a home-and-home set of 1:05 p.m. matchups — March 3 in Lakeland, then March 4 at Sarasota.

Add in a March 26 return trip for the Orioles to Lakeland, and the two teams will see each other more often this coming Spring Training than they did over the past three springs combined. The Tigers and O’s haven’t met in Spring Training since 2012, an odd twist for two teams within a short drive amidst Grapefruit League slates that frequently sent the Tigers to Florida’s East Coast instead.

Another AL East foe, the Yankees, will become a familiar sight in the closing weeks of camp. Detroit and New York will face each other four times, including March 20 and April 2 in Lakeland. The Tigers will visit Steinbrenner Field in Tampa for a split-squad day game on March 14 and a 7:05 p.m. full-squad meeting on March 24.

Other notable matchups include two games against the NL Central champion Cardinals. Their March 16 matchup at Roger Dean Stadium marks the back half of the Tigers’ two-day trip to Jupiter, which begins March 15 against the Marlins. The Tigers and Braves, meanwhile, meet five games — March 7 and 30 in Lakeland, and March 7, 13 and 22 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

The NL East champion Nationals will face the Tigers four times in a 12-day stretch, trekking across the state to Lakeland on March 17 and 22. The Tigers head to Viera’s Space Coast Stadium March 11 and 19.

Detroit bids farewell to Florida for the spring with back-to-back games against the new-look Rays, closing Marchant Stadium on April 3 before heading to Tropicana Field the next day. The Tigers open the regular season at home against the Twins two days later.

All games at Joker Marchant Stadium are slated as 1:05 p.m. starts. The only night games on the schedule are a 6:05 game against the Pirates March 18 at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, and the aforementioned 7:05 game against the Yankees March 24 in Tampa.

Tickets for Tigers home games will be priced at three different levels. Individual game tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 10, online at tigers.com, by phone at 866-66-TIGER, or in person at the Joker Marchant Stadium box office. Full-season Spring Training ticket packages go on sale Nov. 17 at tigers.com, the stadium box office and by phone at 863-686-8075.

Here’s the full schedule (all home games in bold and at 1:05):

  • MONDAY, MARCH 2 — FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE (exhibition)
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 3 — ORIOLES
  • Wednesday, March 4 — at Orioles (Sarasota), 1:05
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 5 — BRAVES
  • Friday, March 6 — at Mets (Port St. Lucie), 1:10
  • Saturday, March 7 — at Braves (Disney), 1:05
  • SUNDAY, MARCH 8 — ASTROS
  • MONDAY, MARCH 9 — BLUE JAYS
  • Tuesday, March 10 — at Phillies (Clearwater), 1:05
  • Wednesday, March 11 — at Nationals (Viera), 1:05
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 12 — SPLIT-SQUAD VS. PHILLIES, at Astros (Kissimmee), 1:05
  • Friday, March 13 — at Braves (Disney), 1:05
  • SATURDAY, MARCH 14 — SPLIT-SQUAD VS. PHILLIES, at Yankees (Tampa), 1:05
  • Sunday, March 15 — at Marlins (Jupiter), 1:05
  • Monday, March 16 — at Cardinals (Jupiter), 1:05
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 17 — NATIONALS
  • Wednesday, March 18 — at Pirates (Bradenton), 6:05
  • Thursday, March 19 — at Nationals (Viera), 1:05
  • FRIDAY MARCH 20 — YANKEES
  • SATURDAY, MARCH 21 — METS
  • SUNDAY, MARCH 22 — SPLIT-SQUAD VS. NATIONALS, at Braves (Disney), 1:05
  • Monday, March 23 — Off
  • Tuesday, March 24 — at Yankees (Tampa), 7:05
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 — MARLINS
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 26 — ORIOLES
  • Friday, March 27 — at Blue Jays (Dunedin), 1:05
  • SATURDAY, MARCH 28 — CARDINALS
  • Sunday, March 29 — at Phillies (Clearwater), 1:05
  • MONDAY, MARCH 30 — BRAVES
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 31 — PIRATES
  • Wednesday, April 1 — at Astros (Kissimmee), 1:05
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 2 — YANKEES
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 3 — RAYS
  • Saturday, April 4 — at Rays (Tropicana Field), 12:35

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