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2011 Cubs Official Spring Training Schedule Released

UPDATE: The Cubs officially released their 2011 spring training schedule today; the only differences between the one I posted here a couple of weeks ago and the official schedule is the addition of two games in Las Vegas, against a split squad of Reds on March 12 and a split squad of Dodgers on March 13. Also, the Cubs will be playing some sort of intrasquad game in Mesa on March 30, the day after the regular Mesa spring schedule ends -- this so they can keep the pitching rotation on schedule and not have two days off before Opening Day in Chicago in April 1. The rest of this post is the original post from December 1.

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The Cubs' spring training schedule announcement is unusually late this year; one reason for that is that the Diamondbacks' and Giants' schedules were also delayed because they had been discussing opening the regular season in Taiwan. When that didn't happen, their spring schedules had to be finalized.

The Cubs also have not yet finalized their schedule. They are still planning a weekend in Las Vegas next March, as has been traditional for several seasons, and they say they'll formally announce their 2011 spring schedule as soon as those details are firmed up. I'll post that when it appears and update this one.

In the meantime, after the jump, is a tentative and mostly complete (only missing a handful of dates, and one of those may be an off day) schedule, compiled from other teams who have officially released their spring schedules. All game times are 2:05 Central, until March 13, when it becomes 3:05 Central when Daylight Saving time goes into effect. Times other than those are noted -- there's at least one night game on the schedule, on March 19 vs. the Mariners at Peoria. (ss) indicates a split-squad game. "Talking Stick" is the new Diamondbacks and Rockies complex, located on Native American land near Scottsdale; for the first time in Cactus League history, all 15 teams will be training in the Phoenix metro area.

Sun 2/27: vs. Athletics at Mesa
Mon 2/28: vs. Brewers (ss) at Mesa
Tue 3/1: vs. Giants at Scottsdale
Wed 3/2: vs. Brewers at Maryvale
Thu 3/3: vs. Rangers (ss) at Mesa
Fri 3/4: vs. Royals at Surprise
Sat 3/5: vs. Padres at Mesa
Sun 3/6: vs. Reds at Goodyear
vs. Dodgers at Mesa
Mon 3/7: vs. Angels at Mesa
Tue 3/8: vs. Rockies (ss) at Talking Stick (2:10 CST)
Wed 3/9: vs. Royals at Mesa
Thu 3/10: vs. Indians at Mesa
Fri 3/11: vs. White Sox at Glendale
Sat 3/12: vs. Reds (ss) at Mesa
vs. Reds (ss) at Las Vegas (2:05 CST)
Sun 3/13: vs. Diamondbacks at Talking Stick (DST begins, 3:10 CDT)
vs. Dodgers (ss) at Las Vegas (2:05 CDT)
Mon 3/14: vs. Mariners at Peoria
Tue 3/15: vs. Athletics (ss) at Phoenix
vs. Rockies at Mesa
Wed 3/16: OFF DAY
Thu 3/17: vs. Athletics at Phoenix
Fri 3/18: vs. Reds at Mesa
Sat 3/19: vs. Padres at Peoria
Sun 3/20: vs. Giants (ss) at Mesa
Mon 3/21: vs. Angels at Tempe
Tue 3/22: vs. Dodgers at Glendale
Wed 3/23: vs. Athletics at Mesa
Thu 3/24: vs. White Sox at Mesa
Fri 3/25: vs. Mariners (ss) at Mesa
Sat 3/26: vs. Rangers at Surprise
Sun 3/27: vs. Rockies (ss) at Mesa
Mon 3/28: vs. Indians at Goodyear
Tue 3/29: vs. Diamondbacks at Mesa
Wed 3/30: Intrasquad game at Mesa (time TBA)