USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) is congratulated by Matt Holliday (7) after hitting a home run during a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
By Jordan Palmer
(KSDK Sports) -- 85 days till the return of baseball. Okay, the return of Spring baseball, as the Cardinals announced today their 2013 Spring Training schedule. The Cardinals will play 32 spring games in the Grapefruit League this spring. The season will begin February 23, at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida as the Cardinals take on their cross complex neighbors, the "new look" Florida Marlins.
Cardinal fans heading to Jupiter will get to see 16 home games at Roger Dean, and 16 road games including four games as the "visiting" team against the Marlins, giving them 20 total games at Roger Dean Stadium.
The Cardinals and Marlins will play a total of eight games this spring including a St. Patrick's Day matchup on March 17.
Cardinals' pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Jupiter on February 12 and conduct their first workout on
February 13. The remainder of the Cardinals' players are scheduled to report February 15 with their first workout on February 16.
Highlighting the calendar this spring will be the March 7 game against the New York Yankees, their first visit to play the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium since March 17, 2006. The Cardinals will return the favor, traveling to meet the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, on March 11.
Additional 2012 postseason clubs coming to Jupiter include the Washington Nationals (March 2, 15 & 27) in a re-match of the 2012 National League Division Series, the Wild Card Game-opposing Atlanta Braves on March 14 and the American League Champion Detroit Tigers on March 16.
Other American League teams appearing on the schedule at Jupiter include the Boston Red Sox (February 24), Houston Astros (February 25) and Minnesota Twins (March 4), while the New York Mets will make three visits (March 10, 18 & 24). All Cardinals games at Roger Dean Stadium are scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m. ET.