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Rites of spring start today for big-league baseball clubs

Overdosed on the Olympics? Bored with basketball? Had enough hockey?

Baseball's spring training camps open today, and there's plenty of training to be done right here.

Four teams work in the Tampa Bay area, and a fifth, the Baltimore Orioles, is moving from Sarasota to St. Petersburg in about two weeks. Three other teams are within an hour's drive.

Teams will practice seven days a week, usually starting about 9:30 a.m. and going for two hours. The workouts are serious, but the mood is often casual. There is no admission charge for spectators. Only pitchers and catchers are required to be in camp today, but others will show up. Full squads are due next week.

Here are the addresses for each of the area teams:

Cincinnati Reds, Plant City. Plant City Stadium complex, 1900 South Park Road.

Philadelphia Phillies, Clearwater. Carpenter Complex, 651 Old Coachman Road.

St. Louis Cardinals, St. Petersburg. Busch Complex, 7901 30th Ave. N.

Toronto Blue Jays, Dunedin. Englebert Complex, 1700 Solon Ave., starting Tuesday.

Baltimore Orioles, Sarasota. Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road (half-mile east of Interstate 75).

Chicago White Sox, Sarasota. Ed Smith Stadium complex, corner of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue.

Detroit Tigers, Lakeland. Tigertown, adjacent to Joker Marchant Stadium, 1901 Lake Ave.

Pittsburgh Pirates, Bradenton. Pirate City, 1701 Roberto Clemente Memorial Dr. (27th Street E).

Other Florida-based teams are the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos, West Palm Beach; Boston Red Sox, Winter Haven; Houston Astros, Kissimmee; Kansas City Royals, Baseball City; Los Angeles Dodgers, Vero Beach; Minnesota Twins, Fort Myers; New York Mets, Port St. Lucie; New York Yankees, Fort Lauderdale; and Texas Rangers, Port Charlotte.

_ MARC TOPKIN

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