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Thinking spring training

Game 1 of the World Series is tonight, but, as usual, all Pirates fans have to look forward to is the start of spring training. The team won’t release its 2011 Grapefruit League schedule for another week or so, but listings for a few other clubs already have trickled out.

Today, the Orioles put out their ’11 spring schedule. The O’s opener is Feb. 28 against the Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton — however, I’ve been told the Pirates probably will play their first game a day or two before that.

The Orioles train in Sarasota, Fla., about a 15-minute drive from McKechnie Field. The two teams will play each other five times — Feb. 28 and March 10, 14, 17 and 24. That includes two 7 p.m. games (March 10 at McKechnie and March 24 in Sarasota).

The Pirates will face the Astros on March 20 in Kissimmee and March 23 at home.

There are at least three games against the Phillies — March 4 (home), 5 (away) and 18 (home).

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