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Photo illustration: Mike Bojanowski

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Most of the USA and Canada goes on Daylight Saving (not "savings" as you'll often hear misinformed television newsreaders say) Time at 2 a.m. tomorrow, Sunday, March 13.

As shown on the animated GIF of the Wrigley Field scoreboard clock above, at 2 a.m. Sunday it becomes 3 a.m. in the DST areas. Most of you will set your clocks ahead when you go to sleep Saturday night so they'll be correct when you wake up Sunday.

Why am I writing this on a Chicago Cubs site? Because one of the few areas in North America that does not observe DST is the state of Arizona (along with Hawaii, Puerto Rico, most of Saskatchewan and the Virgin Islands).

Thus when most of you in North America turn your clocks ahead an hour, those of us in Arizona won't. That means that Cubs spring training games, which have begun at 2:05 p.m. Chicago time up to and including today, will begin at 3:05 p.m. CT (with a couple of exceptions) starting tomorrow, Sunday, March 13. It also means that game previews, which post two hours before game time, will post an hour later if you're in the DST areas, starting Sunday.

I know we have quite a number of readers in Europe. European countries go on what's called "summer time" Sunday, March 27, so this won't affect you for two more weeks, and then only for the last four games of spring training.

Today, Saturday, the Cubs will play two games, at 2:05 p.m. CT against the White Sox and 8:05 p.m. CT against the Dodgers. Starting tomorrow, the afternoon games will begin an hour later everywhere but in the areas mentioned above.

Don't say I didn't tell you.