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A’s unveil 2013 spring training schedule

The A’s released their 2013 spring training schedule, and they will begin their exhibition season earlier than in any year since moving to Oakland in 1968. The Cactus League opener is February 23 against Milwaukee at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Everything about the spring schedule has been bumped up to accomodate the Winter Baseball Classic, which opens first-round play March 2. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 11.

Here’s a few other important dates:

–The A’s and Giants play twice in Arizona — March 1 at Phoenix Muni and March 23 at Scottsdale Stadium. Then they play the traditional Bay Bridge Series March 28-30 — the first two games are at AT&T Park and the finale is at the Coliseum.

–On March 5, the A’s will play a home split-squad game against a to-be-determined World Baseball Classic squad.

–The A’s only Cactus League night game takes place March 22 against the White Sox at Phoenix Muni. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.

Season-ticket packages for A’s spring home games go on sale Nov. 9 at oaklandathletics.com/spring. Single-game tickets go on sale Dec. 7 and are available online or by calling 877-493-BALL. The box office at Phoenix Muni opens Jan. 31.

Joe Stiglich