Matthew Manouli | Tue 20/02/2018 - 05:27 EST

MLB Spring Training 2018: Preview, Key Dates, Broadcast Schedule

MLB Spring Training 2018: Preview, Key Dates, Broadcast Schedule

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The MLB preseason begins in just a few short days and the entertaining, yet long, offseason finally comes to a close. While we can't wait for the regular season, Spring Training is sure to excite as well and could provide good opportunities to make some cash even before the season truly gets into gear. The Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues will get underway in Florida and Arizona, respectively on Feb. 23, but the very first game begins sooner than that.

The first game of the preseason will be an exhibition match between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona University Sun Devils on Feb. 21 at Salt River Fields, near Scottsdale, AZ. The following day will have the Boston Red Sox, Tigers, Phillies, and Twins, taking on other universities, with the Red Sox taking on their in-state college Eagles team and the Twins facing their in-state college Gophers team.

MLB Spring Training 2018

The first full day of MLB will be played on Feb. 23 with all 30 teams taking the field in both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues. The new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will be filled as fans gather to watch the World Series champs, the Houston Astros, in their first game since their Championship win back in November. They'll be facing the NL East champion Washington Nationals. Both teams train at this ballpark. The runners-up, the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be facing the White Sox to open up their preseason campaign at Camelback Ranch over in Glendale, AZ.

Another game to look out for on Friday is  the NLWC rematch between the D-Backs and Colorado Rockies, which also takes place at Salt River Fields. Depending on price, the Rockies might be a good play here if they are the dog.

AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge should be making an appearance earlier in the day as the New York Yankees take on the Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, FL. The Bronx Bombers are expected to go far in 2018 and are favored to win the World Series, even over the current champion Astros. Don't be fooled though, this could influence their prices in the preseason, and for games that don't mean anything in the grand scheme of things, it might be better to fade them for a better price with the dog. Don't use this tactic with the BoSox though. After signing J.D. Martinez to a 5-year $110 million deal, look for the slugger to impress with his first opportunity.

Springing ahead to March, the Cleveland Indians will be taking on the Cubs in the 2018 Las Vegas Big League Weekend on March 17-18. On the 24th-27th, we have some special exhibition games. The 24th gives us the Giants taking on their Triple-A affiliated team, the Sacramento River Cats. 

On the 25th, a primetime game is on deck as the Dodgers take on the Angels at Angel Stadium, their home ballpark in Anaheim.  On the 26th, four other teams face their Triple-A affiliates, as the White Sox take on the Knights, the Orioles face the Tides, Kansas City will be against the Storm Chasers, and the Padres playing the Chihuahuas at Southwest University Park. 

March 27 is the final day in the preseason and will surely end with a bang. As they've done in recent years, the Toronto Blue Jays will be playing a two-game series at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal against the Cards. This is another coinflip series, so it would be wiser to take the dogs in this situation. The rest of the league's home teams that day will be playing in their home ballparks instead of in their special Florida and Arizona locations. 

Then, there's a well deserved one day break before the regular season starts up on March 29. For the first time, every team will be in action on Opening Day, so stick with us and don't miss a beat... or a bat.

DATE START TIME OPPONENT BROADCAST INFO
Fri., Feb. 23rd 1:05pm vs. Tigers YES, MLBN tape delay
Sat., Feb. 24th 1:05pm @ Pirates n/a
Sun., Feb 25th 1:05pm @ Phillies MLBN
Mon., Feb. 26th 6:35pm vs. Phillies n/a
Tues., Feb. 27th 1:07pm @ Blue Jays n/a
Weds., Feb. 28th 1:05pm vs. Tigers YES, MLBN tape delay
Thurs., March 1st 1:05pm @ Phillies MLBN
Fri., March 2nd 1:05pm vs. Braves YES, MLBN tape delay
Sat., March 3rd 1:05pm @ Red Sox MLBN
Sun., March 4th 1:05pm vs. Rays YES, MLBN tape delay
Mon., March 5th OFF - n/a 
Tues., March 6th 1:05pm @ Tigers n/a
Weds., March 7th 1:10pm @ Mets SNY, MLBN tape delay
Thurs., March 8th 1:05pm vs. Phillies YES, MLBN tape delay
Fri,. March 9th 6:05pm @ Braves n/a
Sat., March 10th 1:05pm vs. Mets YES, MLBN
Sun., March 11th 1:05pm @ Marlins n/a
Mon., March 12th 6:35pm vs. Twins YES, MLBN tape delay
Tues., March 13th 1:05pm vs. Tigers YES, MLBN tape delay
Weds., March 14th 1:05pm @ Orioles MLBN
Thurs., March 15th 1:05pm vs. Pirates YES, MLBN tape delay
Fri., March 16th 6:35pm vs. Astros n/a
Sat., March 17th 1:05pm @ Tigers MLBN
Sun., March 18th 1:05pm vs. Marlins YES
Mon., March 19th 6:35pm vs. Rays n/a
Tues., March 20th 1:05pm @ Tigers n/a
Weds., March 21st 6:35pm vs. Orioles n/a
Thurs., March 22nd 1:05pm @ Twins ESPN
Fri., March 23rd 1:05pm vs. Red Sox YES, ESPN, MLBN tape delay
Sat., March 24th 1:05pm (ss) vs. Blue Jays n/a
Sat., March 24th 1:05pm (ss) @ Braves MLBN tape delay
Sun., March 25th 1:05pm @ Rays MLBN tape delay
Mon., March 26th 7:35pm @ Braves n/a

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