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Spring training is around the corner

The equipment trucks are here, and the players are on the way. Spring-training camps open this week across Florida and Arizona, with four teams in the immediate Tampa Bay area. A fifth, the Baltimore Orioles, will open camp in Sarasota and then move to St. Petersburg in early March. The teams usually work out from about 9:30 a.m. to noon before the exhibition games begin. The camps are open to the public and free. Many of the teams spend the first two weeks at their minor-league complexes before moving to their game fields. Here's a look at the area teams, with all the information you should need:

St. Louis Cardinals

When: Pitchers and catchers on Friday, full squad Feb. 26.

Where: Busch Complex, 7901 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

New face: 1B Andres Galarraga.

On the spot: LHP Joe Magrane and RHP Todd Worrell, both missed all of 1991 with arm problems.

Cincinnati Reds

When: Pitchers and catchers on Friday, full squad Feb. 26.

Where: Plant City complex, 1900 South Park Road, Plant City.

New faces: LHP Greg Swindell, RHP Tim Belcher, OF/IF Bip Roberts.

On the spot: OF Reggie Sanders has shot to replace departed Eric Davis.

Philadelphia Phillies

When: Pitchers and catchers on Friday, full squad Feb. 26.

Where: Carpenter Complex, 651 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater.

New faces: IF Mariano Duncan, LHP Kyle Abbott, RHP Barry Jones.

On the spot: RHP Ken Howell (shoulder), RHP Jason Grimsley (elbow) and LHP Pat Combs (elbow) all coming off surgery.

Toronto Blue Jays

When: Pitchers and catchers Feb. 25, full squad Feb. 27

Where: Englebert Complex, 1700 Solon Ave., Dunedin

New faces: RHP Jack Morris, DH Dave Winfield

On the spot: RHP Dave Stieb recovering from back surgery; LHP Jimmy Key recovering from fractured right ankle.

Other area teams

Baltimore Orioles, Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road in Sarasota, starting Friday.

Chicago White Sox, Ed Smith Complex, 12th and Tuttle in Sarasota, starting Friday.

Detroit Tigers, Tigertown, adjacent to Marchant Stadium, 1901 Lake Ave. in Lakeland, starting Friday.

Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirate City, 1701 27th St. East in Bradenton, starting Saturday.

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