The Oakland Athletics released a tentative 2013 spring-training schedule that includes 32 games and the earliest start to games since 2009.
The Athletics christen the Cactus League season Saturday, Feb. 23 against the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix, the earliest date for a first Spring Training game since the franchise moved to Oakland in 1968. The previous earliest date was Feb. 25 in 2009, which like 2013, is a year where Major League Baseball adjusted spring schedules due to the World Baseball Classic.
The A's will play a total of 17 home games at Phoenix Municipal Stadium this spring, including such attractions as the defending National League champion Giants Friday, March 1, NL Central Division champion Cincinnati Reds Monday, March 18 and the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers on Monday, March 4 and Thursday, March 14, respectively. In addition, the Chicago Cubs pay the A's a visit to Phoenix Muni on St. Patrick's Day (March 17) and the Los Angeles Dodgers make an appearance Sunday, March 24. The remaining home games include the Cleveland Indians Feb. 25, Seattle Mariners Feb. 27 and March 16, San Diego Padres March 2, Arizona Diamondbacks March 10, Kansas City Royals March 12, Chicago White Sox March 22 (the spring's only night game at 7:05 p.m.) and Colorado Rockies March 7 and March 27.
Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training Monday, Feb. 11 and participate in their first workout in Phoenix Feb. 12, while the remainder of the team reports Saturday, Feb. 16, with the first day of full squad workouts Feb. 17.