Red Sox release 2012 spring-training schedule

Boston Red SoxIt’s a whole new spring game at JetBlue Park, as the Boston Red Sox plan a training schedule with new start times and a ballpark reminiscent of Fenway Park.

You can view the schedule here.

Tickets for all 2012 Spring Training games at JetBlue Park are scheduled to go on sale on Saturday, December 17, at 10 a.m. If past history holds true, the Red Sox should sell out their entire spring-training lineup by the end of that day. We’ve already run a story on the ticket prices: they will range from $5 to $46 for the 2012 season with more than 75 percent of tickets available priced at $27 or less.

The new ballpark is one of many changes for Red Sox training. Instead of holding practice at a remote facility, the Red Sox will hold practices at the same complex holding JetBlue Park; no buses running shuttles to a separate address. In addition, the Red Sox are changing game times: day games will now start at 1:35 p.m., instead of the traditional 1:05 p.m.

Prior to the start of the exhibition season, Red Sox will hold workouts at the organization’s new Player Development Complex at Fenway South. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Sunday, February 19, and will hold the first workout on Tuesday, February 21 with the first full squad workout on Saturday, February 25. All workouts are open to the public free of charge.

The annual Spring Training equipment truck departure will take place on Saturday, February 11 from Fenway Park.

The team will also hold the City of Palms Park Yard Sale on December 17, giving fans an opportunity to purchase a selection of items from the Red Sox’ 20-year history at the ballpark, including·memorabilia from former and current players, ballpark furniture, collectables and more. ·Fans may enter through the Broadway Gate beginning at 8:00 a.m.· All sales are cash only.· A portion of the Yard Sale proceeds will be donated to three local charitable organizations:· Police Athletic League of Fort Myers; Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc.; and Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc.· All Yard Sale items are subject to availability and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Boston will open the Spring Training season with two college exhibitions on Saturday, March 3, a 2:35 p.m. matinee against the Northeastern University Huskies followed by a nightcap with the Boston College Eagles at 7:05 p.m.

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