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A new twist to the Mariners' Cactus League schedule

By Shannon Drayer

The Mariners have released their Cactus League schedule and once again the they will start the spring against the Padres in the annual charity game, which will take place at the Peoria Sports Complex on Feb. 27.

Pitchers and catchers report for physicals on Feb. 12 with the position players scheduled to report on Feb. 17. The first full-squad workout will be held the next day.

The schedule features 16 games at Peoria Stadium and -- in a new twist -- eight night games, the most they have ever played in spring training.

Another twist is that the team will not travel to a neutral site to play the final game of the spring. Instead, they will stay in Arizona for a two-game exhibition set with the Rockies. The two teams will play a 7:05 game in Peoria on Friday, March 28 and then close out the spring with 12:10 Saturday game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. The team then travels to Anaheim for a Sunday workout before the season opener against the Angels on Monday, March 31.

Single-game tickets for all Mariners spring games at the Peoria Sports Complex will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 4. For more information, go to



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