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Spring Training Tips Cactus League Spring Training Schedule Stadium Locator Map

Chicago White Sox Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds Cleveland Indians

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Chicago Cubs

Milwaukee Brewers

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San Diego Padres Seattle Mariners

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MARYVALE BASEBALL PARK

Oakland Athletics

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PHOENIX MUNICIPAL STADIUM

Arizona Diamondbacks Colorado Rockies

San Francisco Giants

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Kansas City Royals Texas Rangers

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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or one month, the stars align in Metro Phoenix — 15 professional baseball teams call the Phoenix Metro home. It’s a glorious time for locals and out-of-towners alike, who make it difficult to visit anywhere near Phoenix without catching a whiff of onion-covered hot dogs, the sounds of hundreds of peanuts being shelled and the urge to spend a string of sunny March days at the ballpark with thousands of cheering fans. Spring Training is a 67-year tradition in Arizona, since the Giants and Indians became the first two teams in the franchise in 1947. Those that have joined since run the gamut of talent. There are World Series champions as well as teams that have never contended for the Commissioner’s Trophy (see which on page 20). With 15 MLB teams playing at 10 parks all within a short drive of one another, the Cactus League offers the largest concentrated area of professional baseball facilities in the U.S. Unofficial fact: It’s also the leading cause of locals sneaking away for extended lunch breaks. Whether you’re a Phoenician or from Cincinnati, “Play Ball!” is a guide to making the most of spring training — from the entire league schedule on page 8 to guides on where to eat, play and stay near your stadium of choice. For the first time in three years, the Cactus League welcomes a new stadium. The Wrigleyville-inspired Cubs Park in Mesa will host its first Spring Training game on Feb. 27. The little piece of Chicago and its surrounding infrastructure is expected to have an economic impact of $137 million — that’s about 20 percent of the Cactus League’s last reported impact. Hohokam Stadium, the former home field of the Cubs, will undergo renovations through 2014 to open next season for the Oakland A’s. So, unpack your lucky jersey, grab your cap, slather on some sun screen and root, root, root for one of the 15 home teams!

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A League Of Its Own

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he Arizona Cactus League welcomes you to our beautiful state and the 2013 Spring Training Season. In addition to enjoying the highest quality baseball and the best weather in America, you are part of one of the state’s most important economic engines. In 2012, a record 1.7 million fans attended Cactus League games at the ten state of the art stadiums throughout Maricopa County. The Arizona Cactus League has a $422 million dollar economic impact on our state during the Spring Training season. Throughout the rest of the year, the events at these magnificent facilities generate another $210 million. All told, the Cactus League and our associated facilities generate more than $630 million dollars of economic activity every year, not to mention the good times and great memories fans like you get to experience! This season, as you enjoy watching our 15 Cactus League teams, please take a moment to recognize the stadium volunteers and community leaders whose dedicated efforts ensure that your Spring Training

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experience is enjoyable and memorable. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to new ways we can continue to keep the Arizona Cactus League an unforgettable experience for you and your family. Thank you and enjoy the game!

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SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL SCHEDULE For updates: CactusLeague.com

Games start at 1:05 or 1:10 p.m. Arizona time unless otherwise indicated. Dates, times and teams are subject to change. Tickets available through these ticket agencies: tickets.com (800.905.3315), ticketmaster.com (800.745.3000), Fry’s Marketplace locations or stadium box offices

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LAD - Los Angeles Dodgers MIL - Milwaukee Brewers OAK - Oakland A’s SD - San Diego Padres SEA - Seattle Mariners SF - San Francisco Giants TEX - Texas Rangers Red = Night Game

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MIL @ AZ CLE @ CHC OAK @ CIN SEA @ LAA COL @ LAD KC @ SD CLE @ SF CWS @ TEX

CWS @ COL CLE @ LAA CHC @ OAK MIL @ CIN OAK @ SEA KC @ SF SD @ TEX

COL @ AZ LAA @ AZ SEA @ CIN KC @ CWS CHC @ MIL LAD @ OAK SOL @ SEA SD @ SF CLE @ TEX

SEA @ AZ LAA @CLE SD @ COL CWS @ MIL OAK @ LAD KC @ SEA CHC @ SF CIN @ TEX

LAA @ CHC CLE @ CIN TEX @ KC CWS @ MIL SF @ LAA CHC @ OAK COL @ SD

SD @ CHC CLE @ CIN KC @ COL SF @ LAA CWS @ SEA OAK @ TEX

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OAK @ CHC CWS @ CLE SF @ COL CIN @ KC TEX @ LAA SEA @ LAD MIL @ OAK AZ @ SD

CLE @ AZ COL @ CHC SF @ CIN TEX @ CWS LAD @ KC SEA @ LAA OAK @ SD

SF @ CLE OAK @ CWS TEX @ MIL SD @ SEA CHC @ TEX

LAA @ CHC TEX @ CLE COL @ CWS SEA @ KC SF @ MIL CIN @ OAK CHC @ SD

KC @ AZ COL @ CHC LAD @ CIN SD @ CWS OAK @ MIL CLE @ SEA LAA @ SF COL @ TEX

SD @ CLE AZ @ COL CIN @ COL MIL @ LAA AZ @ LAD KC @ OAK CHC @ SEA CWS @ SF LAA @ TEX

OAK @ CLE CHC @ COL LAA @ CWS CIN @ KC MIL @ SEA

CHC @ AZ MIL @ CLE CIN @ CWS LAA @ OAK KC @ SD @ 12:05 COL @ SF SEA @ TEX @12:05

OAK @ AZ CHC @ CLE SEA @ CWS CWS @ KC LAS @ LAA COL @ MIL TEX @ SD CIN @ SF

SEA @ AZ KC @ CLE CWS @ LAA CIN @ LAD COL @ OAK MIL @ SD FS @ TEX

SEA @ CHC TEX @ CIN MIL @ COL LAA @ KC SF @ SD

CLE @ AZ CWS @ CHC@12:05 AZ @ CIN@12:05 CIN @ MIL

CLE @ CHC CWS @ CIN LAA @ COL SF @ KC CHC @ LAA TEX @ LAD SD @ MIL AZ @ OAK CIN @ SEA

LAD @ CHC TEX @ CIN SEA @ COL CLE @ CWS OAK @ KC AZ @ MIL LAA @ SD COL @ SF

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CHC @ CIN OAK @ COL AZ @ CWS KC @ MIL AZ @ LAA SEA @ LAD CLE @ SD SEA @ SF LAD @ TEX

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Thank heaven for 1947 The groudbreaking year that gave baseball fans more than just the Cactus League

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actus League baseball was born in 1947 when two teams — the Cleveland Indians and the New York Giants — traveled to Arizona to prepare for the long season ahead. Teams soon realized that the Grand Canyon state boasts the perfect climate and conditions for baseball. Today, 15 teams train in the Phoenix metropolitan area in the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. Beyond being the beginning of the Cactus League, 1947 goes down as one of the most significant years in baseball history. Here are some of the highlights from that groundbreaking year:

April 15: Major League Baseball’s color line is officially broken when Jackie Robinson makes his major league debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field. April 27: It is Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium. Despite having throat cancer, Ruth speaks to the packed house, proclaiming, “The only real game, I think, in the world is baseball.” July 5: Larry Doby makes his debut for the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black baseball player in the American League, and fully integrating Major League Baseball.

July 19: Hall of Fame Negro League player Willard Brown makes his major league debut with the St. Louis Browns. Brown would only appear in 21 games for St. Louis in his only major league season, batting .179 with one home run and six runs batted in. July 20: With both Hank Thompson and Willard Brown in the starting line-up, the St. Louis Browns become the first major league club to field two black players at the same time. Both players play all nine innings of both games of a doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox. August 26: Brooklyn Dodgers’ Dan Bankhead became the first black pitcher in the majors. He homered in his first major league plate appearance, but didn’t fare well on the mound. In 3⅓ innings of relief, he gave up 10 hits and six earned runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won the game, 16–3. October 6: The New York Yankees defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-2, in Game 7 of the World Series to win their 11th world championship, four games to three. This was the first World Series involving a nonwhite player, as Dodgers 1B Jackie Robinson had racially integrated Major League Baseball at the beginning of the season. It was also the first Series to be shown on television although coverage was limited to New York City and surrounding environs. November 27: Triple Crown winner Ted Williams (.343 BA, 32 home runs, 114 RBI) is edged out by Joe DiMaggio (.315, 20, 97) for the American League MVP Award by one point. One BBWAA member fails to include Williams anywhere on his ballot.

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HOME SCHEDULES CHICAGO WHITE SOX Date Time Opponent

Chicago White Sox

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When the White Sox moved from Florida in 1998, they helped christen Tucson Electric Park with the Diamondbacks, creating the league’s second shared facility. Their arrival also created a great crosstown spring training rivalry with the Cubs in Mesa. Games between the two teams continue to be among the league’s biggest draw. DID YOU KNOW: The fuzzy, green Chicago White Sox mascot is called “Southpaw,” a nickname for lefthanded pitchers.

Babbo Italian Eatery

Los Angeles Dodgers The Dodgers have provided two of the biggest surprises in baseball — both nationally and locally. First, they left Brooklyn in 1958 and moved to the West Coast. Then almost as surprising as their move from Brooklyn to L.A. was their departure from their long-time “Dodgertown” spring training home in Vero Beach, Fla., to Camelback Ranch in Glendale in 2008. DID YOU KNOW: The L.A. Dodgers were recently bought for $2 billion.

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A contemporary take on Italian fare you can spin your fork around

Hell’s Half-Acre

This western bar within Westgate City Center has floor space perfect for two-steppin’ the night away

Max’s Sports Bar

March 1

1:05

Indians

March 3

1:05

Royals

March 5

1:05

Padres

March 6

1:05

*Mariners

March 8

1:05

Diamondbacks

March 11 1:05

Rangers

March 14 1:05

Indians

March 15 7:05

Dodgers

March 18 1:05

Athletics

March 21 1:05

Cubs

March 22 7:05

*Giants

March 25 1:05

Rockies

March 26 1:05

Reds

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LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The writing’s on the wall — one look at the murals and you know Max’s is all about baseball

Date Time Opponent

Play

Feb. 27

1:05

Diamondbacks

Feb. 28

1:05

White Sox

March 2

1:05

Padres

March 4

1:05

Mariners

March 7

1:05

Rangers

March 8

7:05

*Mariners

March 9

1:05

Giants

Stand Up Live

Class-A comedy club with adjoining bar and restaurant Copper Blues

Westgate Entertainment District Immerse yourself in a vibrant dining and entertainment experience

Tanger Outlets Westgate

Save up to 40% on brand name clothes, accessories, decor — even specialty food

Stay Sheraton Crescent Hotel

Olympic-sized pool and 166-foot waterslide as well as racquetball, sand volleyball and basketball

Residence Inn by Marriott

Root for the home team, then retreat to your home away from home

Renaissance Glendale

This hotel and spa is inspired by the colors of the desert sunset

March 10 1:05

Athletics

March 12 1:05

Diamondbacks

March 13 1:05

Reds

March 15 1:05

*Padres

March 16 1:05

Rockies

*Split Squad


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Cubs Park After calling Hohokam Stadium in Mesa home away from home for 36 years, the Chicago Cubs will break in a new spring training facility with six home games starting on Feb. 27. The new Cubs Park in Mesa is fashioned after Wrigleyville in Chicago with amenities meant to remind fans of the homeland. The field, which cost more than $85 million, is expected to have an economic impact of $137 million for Arizona. As for Hohokam, the Oakland A’s are beginning renovations of the stadium with intent to play ball in it next year. The Cubs joined the Cactus League in 1952, when former owner Phillip K. Wrigley moved the team’s spring home from Catalina Island in California to Rendezvous Park, which is now downtown Mesa. Only the San Francisco/New York Giants have been a member of the Cactus League circuit for longer than the Cubs. DID YOU KNOW: The Chicago Cubs are still afflicted by the Curse of the Billy Goat. Rumor has it that when a fan wasn’t allowed to bring a goat into the stadium, he put a curse on the team that would never allow another World Series to be played at their home stadium, Wrigley Field. 14 | Play Ball Magazine

Eat Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill!

HOME SCHEDULE

Two-step your way to a country dining and nightlife experience

Portillo’s

A true Cubs fan doesn’t need any introductions to this Chicago-based hot dog joint

Cubs Date Time Opponent

Feb. 27

1:05

Diamondbacks

March 1

1:05

*Giants

March 2

1:05

Royals

March 4

1:05

Athletics

March 5

1:05

Rockies

March 7

1:05

*Indians

March 9

1:05

Brewers

March 11 1:05

Rockies

March 14 1:05

Dodgers

March 17 1:05

*Angels

Play your favorite arcade games while slightly intoxicated — cheers!

March 20 1:05

Mariners

March 22 1:05

Reds

Stay

March 24 7:05

Padres

Phoenix Marriott Mesa

March 27 12:05

White Sox

Oregano’s

This local chain pulls its inspiration — and deep dish pie recipe — from the owner’s Chi Town upbringing

Play We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

A hole-in-one: shopping, dining, top-ranked 18-hole courses, beautiful desert landscape

Air Force Aviation Museum

Swing like it’s the ‘40s at the Big Band Dance on March 8

Dave & Buster’s

Near Mesa Arts Center, Natural History Museum, Arizona State University and Golfland/ SunSplash

Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa

Located in Mesa Riverview Shopping Center, stay near the action

Arizona Golf Resort Hotel

Located on a PGA-rated Championship Golf course, this place is an escape yet centralized

*Split Squad


Goodyear Ballpark Cincinnati Red/Cleveland Indians Stadium Info: 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear Seating Capacity: 10,311 Year Opened: 2009 Phone: 623.882.3120

HOME SCHEDULES CLEVELAND INDIANS Date Time Opponent

Cleveland Indians

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The Indians are the Cactus League’s prodigal son. They returned to Arizona in 2009 after a 16-year hiatus in Florida, moving to the West Valley city of Goodyear. Prior to their departure at the conclusion of the 1992 Cactus League season, the Indians spent 45 springs at historic Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. DID YOU KNOW: Since 1973 a true Indians fan, John Adams, strikes a large drum bass at every home game.

Bill Johnson’s Big Apple

Cincinnati Reds

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Baseball’s first professional team became the Cactus League’s latest addition in 2010, joining the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear. A charter member of the American Association, the Reds joined the National League in 1890 and have the longest professional lineage of any current major league team. DID YOU KNOW: The 1998 season was all about brotherly love for the Reds. They started brothers Barry and Stephen Larkin at shortstop and first base, and Bret and Arron Boone at second and third bases.

Johnson was an entrepreneur, pilot, actor, stuntman, hypnotist, inventor, cowboy and disher of famous Western-style steaks and burgers

Majerle’s Sports Grill

1:05

Reds

Feb. 28

1:05

Reds

March 2

1:05

Mariners

March 4

1:05

White Sox

March 6

1:05

Cubs

March 9

1:05

Brewers

March 10 1:05

Angels

March 12 1:05

Padres

March 13 1:05

Royals

March 15 1:05

Diamondbacks

March 18 7:05

Giants

March 19 1:05

Athletics

March 22 1:05

Rockies

March 25 1:05

Rangers

March 26 1:05

Brewers

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CINCINNATI REDS

This chain was started by former Phoenix Sun Dan Majerle — no wonder this menu will bring out your A-game

Date Time Opponent

Bella Luna Ristorante

Feb. 27

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Indians

March 1

1:05

Rockies

March 3

1:05

Mariners

March 5

7:05

Dodgers

March 7

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March 8

1:05

Cubs

Lamb, steak and fish are flown in daily to this family-owned Italian restaurant

Play Skate Zone Roller Rink Wildlife World Zoo

Visit more than 6,000 animals representing 600 exotic and endangered species

March 11 1:05

Giants

March 14 7:05

Rangers

This one-mile track built in 1964 hosts two NASCAR race weekends a year in spring and fall

March 16 1:05

Athletics

March 17 1:05

Indians

Stay

March 20 1:05

Rangers

Comfort Suites

March 21 1:05

Royals

March 23 1:05

Brewers

March 24 1:05

Indians

March 27 12:05

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Phoenix International Raceway

Hop, skip and a fly ball away from Goodyear Ballpark and other sporting hubs

Holiday Inn Express Phoenix I-10 West/Goodyear

With a little imagination, you can practically smell the outfield grass from your hotel room

The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa

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Maryvale Baseball Park Milwaukee Brewers Stadium Info: 3600 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix Seating Capacity: 10,000 Year Opened: 1998 Phone: 623.245.5555

Milwaukee Brewers

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When the Brewers played at Compadre Stadium in Chandler starting in 1985, their run was a 12-year tailgate party among the citrus farms. The Brewers are also nomads of sorts. They have played at Tempe Diablo Stadium, Sun City Stadium, and their current home, Maryvale Baseball Park.

Macayo’s

DID YOU KNOW: After the first half of the sixth inning at a Brewers home game, fans watch guys in sausage costumes race.

For more than 60 years, this Phoenix-based chain has won over discerning tastebuds with its family recipes

Presto Pizza & Wings

Stop by this family-owned pizzeria’s website for sweet deals before ordering

Milwaukee Brewers Date Time Opponent

March 1

1:05

*Dodgers

March 3

1:05

Cubs

Grub on German-inspired nosh to the sounds of a tuba and accordion player

March 5

1:05

Athletics

March 6

1:05

Rockies

Play

March 7

1:05

Padres

Heard Museum

March 8

1:05

Royals

Haus Murphy’s

An award-winning Native American culture and art museum

Phoenix Art Museum

Contemporary, ancient and modern mediums meet at this multi-floor museum. Don’t miss The Firefly room!

Arizona Science Center

This hands-on learning center makes science engaging regardless of a visitor’s age

Stay La Quinta Inn & Suites West Phoenix Surf the free Wi-Fi and grab a complimentary breakfast before heading to the ballpark!

Holiday Inn West

As the only full-service hotel near the ballpark, take advantage of complimentary guest laundry, 24-hour business center and on-site dining

Hotel Palomar

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HOME SCHEDULE

March 10 1:05

White Sox

March 14 1:05

Diamondbacks

March 15 1:05

Reds

March 17 1:05

White Sox

March 18 1:05

*Rangers

March 22 1:05

Angels

March 25 1:05

Giants

March 27 1:05

*Reds

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Peoria Sports Complex San Diego Padres/Seattle Mariners Stadium Info: 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria Seating Capacity: 11,333 Year Opened: 1994 Phone: 623.773.8700

HOME SCHEDULES Seattle Mariners Date Time Opponent

Seattle Mariners

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The Mariners are the fourth expansion team to begin play in the Cactus League before playing an official major league game. They called Tempe Diablo Stadium home before permanently moving into the Peoria Sports Complex in 1994. Sharing that facility with the San Diego Padres, the two started a trend by becoming the first pair to share a spring training facility. DID YOU KNOW: The only time two perfect games occurred at the same stadium during the same year was in 2012 at Seattle’s Safeco Field — a first in Mariners history. The Mariners are also one of two teams to never play in a World Series.

Buca di Beppo

San Diego Padres One of four expansion teams to join Major League Baseball in 1969, the Padres set up spring training camp in Yuma. Despite the distance, they held spring training in Yuma for 25 years before entering into their current partnership with the Seattle Mariners and the city of Peoria at the Peoria Sports Complex. DID YOU KNOW: Just behind the right field fence at Petco Park, home to the Padres, there is a white sand beach. 20 | Play Ball Magazine

Italian classics served in small- (two person) and family-sized (four person) proportions

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse/Wine Bar Flanks of juicy meat and wine are a winning combo at this successful chain

Smashburger

Smashburger is a fast-casual restaurant offering great tasting, cooked-to-order burgers and more.

Play Out of Africa

Take a day trip to experience, interact and watch the animal species native to Africa through shows and tours. Park located 30 minutes from Sedona.

Feb. 27

1:05

Padres

March 1

1:05

Angels

March 3

1:05

*Rockies

March 5

1:05

Indians

March 7

1:05

Reds

March 9

1:05

Rangers

March 10 1:05

*Royals

March 12 7:05

Cubs

March 15 1:05

Giants

March 18 7:05

Padres

March 19 1:05

Brewers

March 21 7:05

Padres

March 23 1:05

Athletics

March 24 1:05

White Sox

March 28 7:05

Rockies

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Feb. 28

1:05

Mariners

March 2

1:05

*Reds

March 4

1:05

Diamondbacks

March 6

1:05

Rangers

March 8

1:05

Indians

March 11 1:05

Athletics

March 13 1:05

Brewers

Marhc 14 1:05

Angels

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March 16 1:05

Royals

March 17 1:05

Rockies

Stay

March 20 7:05

Giants

Comfort Suites

March 22 1:05

White Sox

March 25 7:05

Cubs

March 26 12:05

Royals

Castles -n- Coasters

Mini golf, go karts, bumper boats, arcade and a collection of rides and other attractions

Lake Pleasant

Stay near the stadium and Westgate Entertainment District and Tanger Oulets for post-game fun

Springhill Suites

Newly renovated and centrally located to entertainment and nightlife

La Quinta Inn & Suites

Across from the stadium and near Arrowhead Towne Center and Polar Ice Hockey Arena

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Phoenix Municipal Stadium Oakland Athletics Stadium Info: 5999 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix Seating Capacity: 7,885 Year Opened: 1994 PHONE: 602.392.0074

Oakland Athletics The Athletics are one of the Cactus League’s most nomadic teams. In 1969, one year after relocating from Kansas City (after starting out in Philadelphia), the Athletics moved their spring training operations from Bradenton, Fla., to Rendezvous Park in Mesa. The A’s left Rendezvous Park to move into a new Hohokam Park in 1977, played at Scottsdale Stadium in 1979, and in 1984 moved to their current facility, Phoenix Municipal Stadium. DID YOU KNOW: In 2002 the A’s set a MLB record with its 20-game winning streak.

Eat The Handlbar & Grill

Bring your bicycle and beard to this trendy beer garden

Crescent Ballroom

One of the hottest music venues plus a delicious lunch and dinner menu in the lounge

Four Peaks Brewing Co.

Try some of the best local brews at this large brewery tucked into the side streets of Tempe

Play Rawhide

Even the locals dig this western town, perfect for a day or night trip on your team’s off day

Papago Park

Family-friendly hiking through red rocks, and home to the zoo and Desert Botanical Garden

Oakland Athletics Date Time Opponent

Feb. 27

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Brewers

Feb. 28

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Giants

March 1

1:05

Rangers

March 2

1:05

Angels

March 3

1:05

Dodgers

March 4

1:05

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March 7

1:05

Diamondbacks

March 9

1:05

White Sox

March 12 1:05

Royals

March 13 7:05

Rockies

March 15 1:05

*Rangers

March 17 1:05

Cubs

March 22 1:05

Mariners

March 23 1:05

*Cubs

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March 25 1:05

Reds

So trendy, you’ll want to play more than sleep

March 29 1:05

Giants

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2.5 miles of walking trails, 1,400 animals. Bring your own food for a picnic!

Stay Hotel Palomar

This modern boutique hotel is right in the middle of Phoenix’s cultural hubs

Less than 10 minutes from multiple shopping centers, attractions, the airport and Chase Field

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Salt River Fields Arizona Diamondbacks/Colorado Rockies Stadium Info: 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale Seating Capacity: 11,000 Year Opened: 2011 Phone: 480.270.5000

HOME SCHEDULES Arizona Diamondbacks Date Time Opponent

Feb. 26

1:10

Dodgers

Feb. 28

1:10

Rockies

March 1

1:10

*Brewers

7:10 *Cubs

March 3

1:10

7:10 *Rockies

March 5

1:10

Royals

March 6

1:10

Athletics

March 9

1:10

Padres

*Angels

March 10 7:10

Mariners

March 11 1:10

Indians

March 13 1:10

Mariners

March 16 1:10

Brewers

Arizona Diamondbacks

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March 26 1:10

Cubs

The Diamondbacks enjoy the distinction of being the Cactus League’s only home team. They started spring training in the Old Pueblo in 1998, sharing Tucson Electric Park with the Chicago White Sox. They opened spring training in 2002 as World Series champs after beating the New York Yankees in a memorable 7-game series. DID YOU KNOW: According to a poll by teammarketing.com, the cheapest place, out of all the MLB teams’ fields, to buy beer and a hot dog is at the D-Backs’ Chase Field. This past season it cost $5.50.

Zipps Sports Grill

March 27 1:10

*Indians

Colorado Rockies As Major League Baseball continued to expand, it also fueled the Cactus League’s growth. The Rockies joined the National League and played at historic Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. In 2008, the Rockies opened spring training as World Series runners-up, after being swept by the Boston Red Sox. DID YOU KNOW: The idea for the Rockies mascot, a purple stegosaurus named Dinger, was spurred by a 66 million-year-old dinosaur bone found during the construction of Coors Field. 24 | Play Ball Magazine

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Blue Coyote Bistro

Talking Stick Resort guests can eat Blue’s sushi & American and Southwest cusines around the clock

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Scottsdale’s last authentic Western style steakhouse and saloon

March 2

1:10

Brewers

March 4

1:10

Giants

Play

March 7

1:10

Angels

Troon North Golf Club

March 8

1:10

Athletics

Two 18-hole courses weave through the desert landscape

Casino Arizona

Where fun is limited only by the imagination

Taliesin West

Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s abstract masterpiece in the McDowell Mountain foothills

Stay Gainey Suites Hotel

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Talking Stick Resort

This resort houses award-winning restaurants, an entertainment venue and Casino Arizona

Zona Hotel

Fully equipped suites spread over 14 acres of gardens and pools

March 10 1:10

Padres

March 12 1:10

*Reds

7:10 *D-backs

March 14 6:40

*Mariners

March 15 1:10

Angels

March 19 6:40

Cubs

March 20 1:10

Brewers

March 21 1:10

Indians

March 22 1:10

*Mariners

March 23 1:10

White Sox

March 24 1:10

Royals

March 29 12:10

Mariners

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The Talking Stick Spring Training Trolley is proudly presented by the Talking Stick Destination and its many partners. To learn more about the Talking Stick Destination and the Salt River Indian Community, please visit the Talking Stick Visitors Center at the Pavilions at Talking Stick, near YC’s Mongolian Grill. Bring this ad in to the Visitors Center and receive a complimentary gift! (One gift per person, while supplies last. 18 and older.)

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Scottsdale Stadium San Francisco Giants Stadium Info: 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale Seating Capacity: 12,000 Year Opened: 1992 PHONE: 480.312.2580

San Francisco Giants When the Giants returned to Scottsdale as reigning World Series champions in the spring of 2011, it marked the second time the team had come back to Arizona as champs, and just the fourth time that both series participants (the other being the Texas Rangers) were members of the Cactus League. [They returned to spring training as World Series champs, having beaten the Detroit Tigers in 2012.] DID YOU KNOW: At the Giant’s AT&T Park, home runs in the right field fall into the San Francisco Bay.

Eat Cornish Pasty

Take a bite out of Cornish mining food — a local fave.

Brathaus

An urban beer garden with pretzels, weiners, beers and jumbo Jenga

RNR

From a light lunch to an extravagent dinner — and maybe a run-in with a ball player

Play Great Arizona Beer Fest

200 brews, 50 breweries - March 1 @ Tempe Beach Park, 2-6 p.m.

Scottsdale Fashion Square

More than 250 shops, including Neiman Marcus and Ferragamo

Butterfly Wonderland / Mirror Maze

America’s largest butterfly atrium is situated next to the amusing mirror and laser mazes sure to entertain all who attempt to navigate to the end.

Stay W Scottsdale

This hub of Scottsdale nightlife is modern and glamorous

The Phoenician

This luxurious resort is tucked away on a beautiful golf course

Talking Stick

Play in style at this casino and entertainment venue, dine at one of six tasteful restaurants or recoup at the 13,000-square-foot open-air spa. 26 | Play Ball Magazine

HOME SCHEDULE San Francisco Giants Date Time Opponent

Feb. 26

1:05

Athletics

Feb. 28

1:05

*Brewers

March 2

1:05

Diamondbacks

March 3

1:05

Padres

March 5

1:05

Angels

March 6

1:05

Reds

March 8

1:05

Mariners

March 10 1:05

Cubs

March 12 1:05

White Sox

March 14 1:05

Rockies

March 15 3:05

*Athletics

March 16 1:05

Indians

March 21 6:35

Athletics

March 23 1:05

Royals

March 26 1:05

Rockies

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Surprise Stadium Kansas City Royals/Texas Rangers Stadium Info: 1580 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise Seating Capacity: 10,400 Year Opened: 2003 PHONE: 623.222.2222

HOME SCHEDULES Kansas City Royals Date Time Opponent

Kansas City Royals The Royals, another team that led a bedouin existence, moved into a new Baseball City spring training complex in Davenport, Fla., in 1988 where they would remain for 15 years before joining the Rangers at their current home, Surprise Stadium, in 2003. DID YOU KNOW: The Kansas City Royals stadium features a baseballthemed mini golf course.

Texas Rangers After a five-year drought, the Cactus League expanded to 12 teams with the arrival of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals in 2003 to Surprise Stadium. The Rangers represented the A.L. in the fourth All-Cactus League World Series against the Giants in 2010. It marked their first appearance in the Fall Classic in the team’s 49-year history dating back to its origin as the 1961 Washington Senators. DID YOU KNOW: In the 2008 home run derby, the Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton blasted 28 home runs in only the first round, beating the next-highest totals by 20. 28 | Play Ball Magazine

Eat

Feb. 27

1:05

Rangers

March 1

1:05

Padres

March 4

1:05

Reds

March 6

1:05

White Sox

March 7

1:05

Giants

March 9

1:05

Rockies

March 11 1:05

Dodgers

March 14 1:05

Athletics

March 15 1:05

Cubs

March 17 6:05

Rangers

March 19 6:05

Reds

March 20 1:05

Angels

March 22 1:05

Rangers

March 25 6:05

Mariners

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Lucky’s Pizza

A family-owned place that’s been serving Italian fare for 20 years

Texas Rangers

NYD Pizza

Date Time Opponent

Irish Wolfhound Restaurant & Pub

Feb. 27

1:05

Royals

Come here when your team (or an opponent) needs some Irish luck

Feb. 28

1:05

Royals

Play

March 2

1:05

White Sox

March 5

1:05

Rockies

March 8

1:05

Dodgers

Hand-tossed pies, East Coast flavor

Outlets at Anthem

A 374,000-square-foot outlet mall featuring a variety of name brands discounted by 30 to 70 percent.

March 10 1:05

Reds

March 12 1:05

Dodgers

March 13 6:05

Giants

March 16 1:05

White Sox

March 18 7:05

*Cubs

March 21 1:05

Brewers

March 23 1:05

Padres

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

March 24 1:05

Athletics

The stadium could be right in your backyard!

March 26 12:05

Mariners

Residence Inn Phoenix NW/Surprise

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White Tanks Mountain Regional Park

Hike, camp and bike the largest regional park in Maricopa County

K1 Speed

Round the curves of this go kart track like Elvis Andrus

Stay

Wait out your hangover; Get the extendedstay experience

Comfort Inn & Suites

Use the money you’ll save staying here for those ninth-inning brewskis


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Tempe Diablo Stadium Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Stadium Info: 2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe Seating Capacity: 9,600 Year Opened: 1969 PHONE: 480.350.5205

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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When the Angels joined the Cactus League prior to their inaugural season in 1961, they played their home games in Palm Springs, Calif. They were the only Cactus League member to hold spring camp outside of Arizona. This, of course, made for the longest road trip in the league for visiting teams. The Angels, now owned by Phoenix businessman Artie Moreno, opened the 2003 Cactus League season as World Series champions after beating the Giants in the 2002 Fall Classic.

Just off the beaten path, Casey’s patio is always bustling with locals

DID YOU KNOW: During every seventh inning stretch at an Angels home game, fans belt out “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations after “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Casey Moore’s Oyster House Chompie’s

A New York-style deli is worth its weight in latkes

L.A. Angeles of Anaheim Date Time Opponent

Feb. 28

1:05

Cubs

March 2

1:05

Athletics

March 4

1:05

Rangers

March 6

1:05

Dodgers

Big Bang

March 7

1:05

*Cubs

March 8

1:05

Diamondbacks

Arizona Mills

March 9

1:05

Reds

Cornish Pasty

A menu of glorified hot pockets perfect for a vegan, vegetarian and meat-lover

Play ‘Get Banged’ at this underground dueling piano joint

March 11 1:05

Mariners

March 12 1:05

*Brewers

Comedian David Spade got his start on the original Tempe Improv stage

March 13 1:05

White Sox

March 16 1:05

Mariners

Stay

March 17 1:05

*Giants

Holiday Inn Express - Tempe

March 21 1:05

Royals

March 23 1:05

Indians

March 24 1:05

Giants

This outlet mall features a Gameworks, IMAX theater and lots of bargains

Tempe Improv

Easy access to Arizona Mills outlet mall, Phoenix Zoo and Big Surf Water Park

Four Points Sheraton

Close to the airport, closer to Arizona State University and Mill Avenue

Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes

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