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A’s announce spring training schedule

The A’s released their 2011 spring training schedule today. Check it out

Season tickets and weekend packages for home games at Phoenix Muni are on sale now at www.oaklandathletics.com/spring, while single-game tickets go on sale Dec. 13. The A’s open Cactus League play Feb. 27 against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz. There’s just two games against the Giants in Arizona — March 5 in Phoenix and March 20 in Scottsdale. And if you’re used to booking a spring training trip in late March, you better do it earlier. The regular season schedule is being moved up, with the A’s Opening Night set for April 1 at the Coliseum (a Friday) against Seattle. Their final exhibition in Arizona is March 27, a road game against the Rockies. Then they return to the Bay Area for the annual Bay Bridge Series against the Giants, March 28-30. That series runs Monday through Wednesday, which just seems weird after seeing these teams play over the weekend for so many years.

Joe Stiglich