Mariners unveil 2012 Cactus League schedule

Mariners unveil 2012 Cactus League schedule

Mariners unveil 2012 Cactus League schedule
SEATTLE -- The Mariners will open their 25-game Cactus League spring schedule on Friday, March 2, against the A's in Phoenix Municipal Stadium, then play Oakland again the following afternoon in Peoria, the club announced on Wednesday.

The two American League West rivals will be seeing plenty of each other in the early going this coming season, as they also square off in the regular-season opening series in the Tokyo Dome on March 28-29. Those two games will be played at 7:05 p.m. in Japan, or 3:05 a.m. PT.

The Mariners will also play two games against Japanese League teams on March 25-26 in the middle of their nine-day trip to Tokyo.

Seattle will fly back to Arizona on March 30 and then play five Cactus League games before resuming regular season play on April 6 in Oakland.

Mariners pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training in Peoria on Feb. 11, with the first workout on Feb. 12. Position players will report Feb. 17 and the first full-squad workout follows on Feb. 18.

Seattle will play 15 of its Spring Training games at the Peoria Sports Complex, including four straight after the road opener at the A's. The annual charity game between the Padres and Mariners is set for March 4.

The Cactus League schedule includes five night games, three on consecutive nights. Night games will be played March 10 at Arizona in Scottsdale (7:10 p.m.), March 14 vs. Kansas City in Peoria (7:05 p.m.), March 15 vs. San Francisco in Peoria (7:05 p.m.), March 16 at Oakland in Phoenix (7:05 p.m.) and March 31 vs. San Diego in Peoria (6:05 p.m.).

Daylight Saving Time goes into effect on Sunday, March 11, but the state of Arizona does not change its clocks. As a result, through March 10, for the first 11 Mariners games, Arizona will be on Mountain Time, and the games will start at 1:05 MT/12:05 PT. For the remaining games, Arizona will be in the Pacific Time zone.

After concluding Cactus League play on April 4, Seattle will fly to Oakland and hold a workout on April 5 and then open a three-game set against the A's in Oakland Coliseum.

Tickets for all Mariners games at the Peoria Sports Complex will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 7, at 9 a.m. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 800-677-1227, online, or in person at the Peoria Sports Complex box office at 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382.

Individual game tickets range from $6 to $23.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.