Twins announce 2017 Spring Training schedule

Minnesota hosts Team USA and Team Colombia for exhibitions

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins on Monday announced their 2017 Spring Training schedule, which includes exhibition games against the World Baseball Classic's Team USA and Team Colombia.

The World Baseball Classic returns next year, which means the Twins report to their Spring Training facility in Fort Myers, Fla., earlier than usual. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Feb. 13, with their first workout the following day. The rest of the club reports on Feb. 18, with the first workout set for Feb. 19. Last season, pitchers and catchers reported on Feb. 21, with the rest of the team arriving by Feb. 26.

The Twins play 35 Spring Training games, including 18 at Hammond Stadium. They open at home on Feb. 24 at the CenturyLink Sports Complex against the Rays before playing their first road game the next day versus the Red Sox across town at JetBlue Park.

The Twins host Team USA on March 8 before Team Colombia visits on March 9. Second baseman Brian Dozier has indicated a willingness to play for Team USA. First baseman Joe Mauer represented the Twins and the United States in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Additionally, the Twins host the Red Sox three times (March 11, 18 and 26), the Nationals on Feb. 26, the Blue Jays on March 4, the Orioles on Minnesota Day on March 12 and the Cardinals on March 6 and 15. The Twins finish Spring Training on March 31 with an exhibition game against Triple-A Rochester. The regular season opens three days later on April 3 against the Royals at Target Field.

Single-game tickets go on sale on Jan. 7, while group and season tickets are available now.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.