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Tampa Bay Rays Release Spring Training Schedule

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This morning, the Rays released their Spring Training schedule for the 2012 season. There's nothing too radical in the announcement -- the matchups and dates are about the same as always -- and tickets will go on sale in January.

For the full schedule, check out this Google Doc. I find the late Spring Training matchup against the Marlins as pretty intriguing; the Marlins will have a whole new look this upcoming season, and depending what free agents they sign, they might actually be a competitive team. I'm sure the Rays will also face them sometime during the regular season, but this will be Rays fans first chance to see the new uniforms in person.

Full press release below the jump.

The Tampa Bay Rays will play 16 spring training home games against major league opponents in 2012, matching the most in the team's history. Both the schedule and ticket prices for the Rays Grapefruit League games at Charlotte Sports Park were released today.

Pitchers and catchers will report Monday, February 20 and the Rays will begin their home schedule on Sunday, March 4 against the Minnesota Twins. The schedule includes games against all four American League East opponents, as well as games against the Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins. The Rays will open the regular season at Tropicana Field on Friday, April 6 against the New York Yankees.

Single-game spring training ticket prices for games at Charlotte Sports Park range from $9 to $27, and will go on sale in January with a specific date to be announced. Fixed seat prices in each category are the same as those in 2011, and Monday, March 5 vs. the Baltimore Orioles and Monday, April 2 vs. the Twins are value games, offering a $2 discount off the regular single game ticket price for all seating categories.

Spring training season ticket prices for the 16-game spring schedule at Charlotte Sports Park are also the same per game in each seating category as those in 2011. Fans interested in placing a $50 deposit for spring training season tickets can do so by visiting raysbaseball.com/springtraining or by calling 888-FAN-RAYS. All individuals who have placed a deposit will be contacted in January to select their seats. Benefits of being a 2012 spring training season ticket holder include discounts on Rays merchandise and an exclusive pre-spring training kick-off event at Charlotte Sports Park.