The Tampa Bay Rays on Friday morning (Nov. 27) released their 2016 spring training schedule which has them opening up against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, March 2 at home to begin their eighth spring training at the Charlotte Sports Park.
The Rays are scheduled to play 15 spring training home games at Charlotte Sports Park, 29 games overall, with an additional two games against Cuba. Earlier this month, the Rays were picked by Major League Baseball via a lottery to play two spring training games in Cuba and are awaiting government approval.
In 84 days, which is Sunday, February 21, 2016 the first workout for pitchers and catchers is scheduled. The first full-squad workout is scheduled for Friday, February 26. Get the chance to see up and personal Gold Glove, Platinum Glove and Best Defensive Player Esurance MLB Award winner Kevin Kiermaier along with teammate Chris Archer, winner of the Best Social Media Personality and Paul C. Smith Champion Award plus Evan Longoria, Logan Forsythe, voted the Don Zimmer MVP Award and some of the newest members including Brad Miller, Logan Morrison and many more.
Highlights of the spring training schedule include games against division rivals and AL East Champions Toronto Blue Jays with Josh Donaldson voted as the American League MVP, the Baltimore Orioles, David Ortiz in his last spring training with Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. The Rays and Yankees will meet just twice, with the Yankees lone visit coming on March 12 and again on March 24, when the Rays travel to Tampa.
The Rays will face the reigning American League East champion Blue Jays three times during Grapefruit League play before opening the regular season April 3 with a four-game set against Toronto. As for the most frequent opponent on the schedule, the Rays will square off five times with the Twins, whom they won’t face until June during the regular season.
As well as facing their division rivals, the Rays in addition to hosting the Nationals, will also host the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves for the opportunity to see some great baseball and a few of the National League players in Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, voted the National League MVP, Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen, Freddie Freeman of the Braves and the Phillies Ryan Howard. All home spring training games begin at 1:05 p.m. and the spring training schedule remains subject to change. Fans may check raysbaseball.com/spring for schedule updates.
Be the first to purchase 2016 Single Game Spring Training tickets prior to the general public as part of a Cyber Monday pre-sale starting at 10 a.m. on Nov. 30 via raysbaseball.com/spring, with a surcharge of at least $10 per ticket. Tickets will go on sale Dec. 4 via raysbaseball.com/spring at regular prices, which are $10-$29 for most games and $15-$32 for the March 12-13 games vs. the Red Sox and Yankees. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Charlotte Sports Park box office beginning on Saturday, January 9, 2016.
For information on spring training season tickets, group tickets and three-game packs go to raysbaseball.com/spring or call 888-FAN-RAYS (888-326-7297) and the Charlotte Sports Park recipient of the USA Today 2014 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Spring Training Facility.