Red Sox spring training schedule

The Red Sox released their 2008 spring training schedule, which is a bit abbreviated thanks to their regular season-opening trip to Japan.

The Sox will play 22 games in Florida, down from 30 last season, though they’ll only play three fewer games at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Fla., their spring training home. The Sox have 13 home spring training games, down from 16 in 2006.

Tickets can be purchased at redsox.com or by calling 617-482-4SOX. The City of Palms Park Box office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Keys Red Sox dates are as follows:

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Feb. 14 — Pitchers and catchers are due to report to Fort Myers.
Feb. 16 — First workout for pitchers and catchers.
Feb. 20 — Reporting day for Sox position players.
Feb. 22 — First Red Sox full squad workout.
Feb. 28 — First Red Sox spring training game.

With the exception of the Northeastern game, all other 2008 games at City of Palms Park will begin at 1:05 p.m. Here is the full schedule:

DATE		   OPPONENT				SITE		      TIME
Feb. 28      Boston College (SS)	City of Palms Park     1:05 p.m.
Northeastern (SS)    City of Palms Park     6:05 p.m.
Feb. 29        Twins                Hammond Stadium        7:05 p.m.
March 1        Twins                Hammond Stadium        1:05 p.m.
March 2        Twins                City of Palms Park     1:05 p.m.
March 3        Marlins              Jupiter                1:05 p.m.
March 4        Pirates              City of Palms Park     1:05 p.m.
March 5        Reds                 City of Palms Park     1:05 p.m.
March 6        Dodgers              City of Palms Park     1:05 p.m.
March 7        Twins (SS)           City of Palms Park     1:05 p.m.
Orioles (SS)         Fort Lauderdale        1:05 p.m.
March 8        Marlins              City of Palms Park     1:05 p.m.
March 9        Dodgers              Vero Beach             1:05 p.m.
March 10       Mets                 Port St. Lucie         1:05 p.m.
March 11       Mets                 City of Palms Park     1:05 p.m.
March 12       Twins                Hammond Stadium        7:05 p.m.
March 13       Rays                 City of Palms Park     1:05 p.m.
March 14       Orioles              City of Palms Park     1:05 p.m.
March 15       Reds                 City of Palms Park     1:05 p.m.
March 16       Pirates              Bradenton              1:05 p.m.
March 17       Yankees              Tampa                  TBA
March 19       Blue Jays            City of Palms Park     TBA
March 22       NPB Opponent         Tokyo Dome             TBA
March 23       NPB Opponent         Tokyo Dome             TBA
March 25       A's (Reg. Season)    Tokyo Dome             TBA
March 26       A's (Reg. Season)    Tokyo Dome             TBA
March 28       Dodgers              Dodger Stadium         TBA
March 29       Dodgers              Memorial Coliseum      TBA
March 30       Dodgers              Dodger Stadium         TBA

(SS) -- Split Squad
NPB-Nippon Professional Baseball

Check out our guide to spring training in Fort Myers as well …