HOUSTON -- The Astros' first Spring Training based out of their new complex in West Palm Beach, Fla., will also see a dramatic reduction in the amount of time the team spends on the road. Nineteen of the Astros' 31 scheduled Grapefruit League games will be at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, which it will share with the Nationals.
The Astros and Nats will open the new 7,500-seat ballpark on Feb. 28, when Houston will be the visitors. The two teams will play each other seven times at their shared facility, with the Astros as the home club three times and the visiting club four. Houston's spring home opener at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is March 1 against the Marlins -- the first of 15 home games for the Astros at the facility.
With five teams now situated in Southeast Florida next spring, the Astros will leave that area for only three games -- Feb. 25 in Lakeland against the Tigers, Feb. 26 in Lake Buena Vista against the Braves and a split-squad game March 17 in Fort Myers against the Red Sox. The remainder of the road games will be in Jupiter against the Cardinals or Marlins, Port St. Lucie against the Mets and back in West Palm Beach against the Nats.
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The Astros' spring home schedule includes visits from the Red Sox (March 6), Mets (March 4, 8 and 14), Yankees (March 19) and Cardinals (March 20 and 27).
In addition, the World Series champion Cubs will be at Minute Maid Park for a pair of exhibition games prior to the start of the regular season. The dates have yet to be announced.
Astros pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training camp on Feb. 14, with workouts beginning Feb. 15. Position players report Feb. 17, with workouts beginning Feb. 18.
Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is being built on a 160-acre site and will feature separate training complexes, including several baseball diamonds, clubhouses, weight-training facilities and offices for front-office personnel.
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.