A few spring training tidbits

The Orioles' pitchers and catchers report to their new spring training home in Sarasota on Feb. 17, with the first workout being held the following day. The first full-squad workout, including position players, takes places on Feb. 23.

Four teams in the American League (Royals, Angels, Yankees, Mariners) and seven in the National League (Cubs, Reds, Rockies, Phillies, Pirates, Cardinals, Giants) have the same report dates as the Orioles. No team will arrive earlier.

Individual tickets for all 16 of the Orioles' spring training games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. Fans interested in season, four-pack or group ticket plans, or those wishing to receive additional spring training ticket information, should call the Orioles' spring training office at 941-954-4101.

Spring training tickets for Orioles home games at Ed Smith Stadium may be purchased in the following ways:

IN PERSON: Individual game tickets can be purchased in person at the Orioles' box office at Ed Smith Stadium located at 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue in Sarasota. The box office will be open beginning Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. and will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from Jan. 18 through Feb. 5. Beginning Feb. 8, the box office will be open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

THROUGH THE INTERNET: Tickets can be purchased at the Orioles' official website, www.orioles.com.

BY PHONE: Individual game tickets can be purchased by calling 888-329-3365.

BY FAX OR MAIL: Individual game ticket orders can be faxed or mailed to the Orioles' box office in Sarasota. The fax number is 941-365-1587. The mailing address is 2700 12th St., Sarasota, Fla. 34237. To request a ticket order form, call the Orioles at 941-954-4101.

Workouts at Ed Smith Stadium are free and open to the public up to the date games begin on March 3. Ballpark gates open at 9 a.m. each day.

Does anyone have a scouting report on the Homewood Suites near the stadium? I'd be interested in hearing it.

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