The Orioles announced today that they’ve reached an agreement with State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Manatees Baseball, to play an exhibition game at Ed Smith Stadium on Tuesday, April 3 at 1:05 p.m.
There will be no admission charge to attend the game except for reserved tickets near the SCF dugout that will be sold by the college, with proceeds supporting Manatees athletics. Tickets can be reserved through the SCF athletic department at 941-752-5261.
For the last 12 years, SCF (formerly known as Manatee Community College) has played an annual exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, making it the only junior college in the nation to play a major league team in spring training.
Orioles pitcher Jim Johnson is a student at SCF, taking online classes to complete his liberal arts degree.
The Orioles also are expected to play at Triple-A Norfolk on April 4 before beginning the 2012 season at home April 6 against the Minnesota Twins.
Here’s the complete Orioles spring training schedule:
March 5 Tampa Bay Rays Port Charlotte 1:05
Pittsburgh Pirates Sarasota 7:05
March 6 Boston Red Sox Fort Myers 1:35
March 7 Minnesota Twins Sarasota 1:05
March 8 Atlanta Braves Sarasota 1:05
March 9 Tampa Bay Rays Port Charlotte 1:05
March 10 Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater 1:05
March 11 Boston Red Sox Sarasota 1:05
March 12 Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin 1:05
March 13 Tampa Bay Rays Sarasota 1:05
March 14 Pittsburgh Pirates Sarasota 1:05
March 15 Detroit Tigers Lakeland 1:05
March 16 Minnesota Twins (ss) Fort Myers 1:05
March 17 Boston Red Sox (ss) Sarasota 1:05
Boston Red Sox (ss) Fort Myers 1:35
March 18 New York Yankees (ss) Sarasota TBA
Atlanta Braves (ss) Orlando 1:05
March 19 off day
March 20 Philadelphia Phillies Sarasota 1:05
March 21 Toronto Blue Jays Sarasota 1:05
March 22 Minnesota Twins Fort Myers 1:05
March 23 Boston Red Sox Sarasota 1:05
March 24 Washington Nationals Sarasota 1:05
March 25 Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater 1:05
March 26 Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton 7:05
March 27 Minnesota Twins Sarasota 1:05
March 28 Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin 1:05
March 29 New York Yankees Tampa 7:05
March 30 Detroit Tigers Sarasota 7:05
March 31 Pittsburgh Pirates (ss) Bradenton 1:05
April 1 Tampa Bay Rays Sarasota 1:05
April 2 Florida Southern College
April 3 State College of Florida Sarasota 1:05