Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Batter Up ... Time to Play Ball! | Grapefruit League Games Underway with Home Openers over the Weekend

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Batter Up ... Time to Play Ball! | Grapefruit League Games Underway with Home Openers over the Weekend

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MLB SPRING TRAINING

Were he alive today, Rogers Hornsby would do one thing.

The Hall of Famer would get away from that window.

"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball,"

Hornsby once said. "I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."

Officially, it's not yet spring, but for baseball, the wait is over, as two of our area teams help tear the wrapper off the 2017 spring-training baseball season.

The Baltimore Orioles travel to Lakeland today to face the Detroit Tigers, one of three 1:05 p.m., games on the MLB docket. The Tampa Bay Rays play at the Minnesota Twins under the lights at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

Our third local entry, the Pittsburgh Pirates, don't swing into action until Saturday, when a split squad hosts the Orioles at LECOM Park. …

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