The Oakland A's announced their 2012 Spring Training schedule, which starts on March 2 with a game against the Seattle Mariners at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
The A's will play a 21-game Cactus League schedule due to a week-long visit to Japan from March 22 through March 29. Last spring, the A's played in 11 more contests for a 32-game slate.
Also on the A's schedule is a March 31 contest against the team's Triple-A affiliate, the River Cats, in their home stadium in Sacramento.
Following the exhibition with the River Cats, the A's will take on the cross-Bay rival San Francisco Giants for three straight games, two of which will be played at AT&T Park, with the contest on April 3 taking place at the O.co Coliseum.
The A's only take on the Giants once in Arizona, a split squad matchup on March 17.
The full A's Spring Training schedule is listed below:
Date Opponent Time Mar. 2 Seattle Mariners 12:05 PM Mar. 3 at Seattle Mariners 12:05 PM Mar. 4 at Chicago Cubs 12:05 PM Mar. 5 Los Angeles Angels (SS) 12:05 PM
at Chicago Cubs (SS) 12:05 PM Mar. 6 at Milwaukee Brewers 12:05 PM Mar. 7 Los Angeles Dodgers 12:05 PM Mar. 8 at Los Angeles Dodgers 12:05 PM Mar. 9 at Colorado Rockies 12:05 PM Mar. 10 Cincinnati Reds 12:05 PM Mar. 11 Kansas City Royals 1:05 PM Mar. 12 at Chicago White Sox 1:05 PM Mar. 13 Milwaukee Brewers 1:05 PM Mar. 14 OFF DAY
Mar. 15 at Texas Rangers 1:05 PM Mar. 16 Seattle Mariners 7:05 PM Mar. 17 Chicago Cubs (SS) 1:05 PM
at San Francisco Giants (SS) 1:05 PM Mar. 18 at Arizona Diamondbacks 1:05 PM Mar. 19 Arizona Diamondbacks 1:05 PM Mar. 20 Chicago Cubs 1:05 PM Mar. 21 at Kansas City Royals 1:05 PM Mar. 22-29 Japan Trip
Mar. 31 at Sacramento River Cats 6:05 PM Apr. 2 at San Francisco Giants (AT&T Park) 7:15 PM Apr. 3 San Francisco Giants (O.co Coliseum) 7:05 PM Apr. 4 at San Francisco Giants (AT&T Park) 12:45 PM
Rael Enteen is a web producer with Comcast SportsNet. Follow him on Twitter @RaelEnteenCSN