Pennsylvania baseball fans rejoice: We’ve posted the tentative 2011 spring-training schedules for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies, featuring lots of games between the two teams in March.
Both schedules reflect the new economic realities of spring training: not too much travel in the mix. The Pirates’ farthest game occurs in Kissimmee, while the Phillies travel up to Disney and down to Fort Myers. In general, the two teams stick close to their Clearwater and Bradenton bases.
We expect a change or two. One reason why: Both the Phillies and the Orioles released tentative schedules where they’re playing at Detroit on March 26. Since it’s highly unlikely both the Phillies and the Orioles will be in Lakeland at 1:05 p.m., we expect a change. Second, there are no night games on this schedule. The Phillies usually play two or three night games over the course of a spring, either in Clearwater or against the Yankees; we would expect no less in 2011. So go ahead and make those travel plans, but do so knowing there might be a change.
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