The Houston Astros have announced a tentative 2013 spring-training schedule, with most of the games scheduled for the greater Orlando area and nearby Viera.
The 2013 season will mark the Astros first season in the American League, and the club’s 29th season of spring training at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL. The Astros begin the 2013 Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday, February 23 against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, FL, before hosting the New York Mets on Sunday, February 24, in the club’s Spring Home Opener. Start times to all Spring games will be announced at a later date. Game dates and times are subject to change.
Ten of the Astros’ 16 home games will feature teams that made the playoffs in 2012, starting with the reigning American League Champion Detroit Tigers (Tuesday, February 26) and A.L. East Champion New York Yankees (Thursday, February 28). The Astros will then host the National League Wild Card winner and 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, March 1, before hosting the N.L. Wild Card participant Atlanta Braves on Saturday, March 2. The Washington Nationals, this year’s N.L. East Champion and former organization of Astros Manager Bo Porter, will visit Osceola County Stadium on Thursday, March 7, followed by the Braves, who return to Kissimmee on Friday, March 8.
The Phillies, a club that has made the playoffs in five of the last six seasons, will be in Kissimmee on Sunday, March 10, followed by the return of the Nationals on Wednesday, March 13. The Astros will then host their former division-rival Pittsburgh Pirates (Friday, March 15), the Toronto Blue Jays (Sunday, March 17) and the Mets, who return on Wednesday, March 20.
The Astros will wrap up their Spring home schedule by hosting the Cardinals (Friday, March 22), the Miami Marlins (Sunday, March 24), the Nationals (Monday, March 25) and the Tigers, who will take part in the Astros’ final Spring home game on Thursday, March 28.
No word on reporting dates.