2016 champs open '17 spring with split squads

Cubs announce exhibition schedule, which begins Feb. 25 vs. A's, Giants

2016 champs open '17 spring with split squads

CHICAGO -- The Cubs announced their Spring Training schedule on Monday, and they will open Cactus League play on Feb. 25 with split-squad games against the Athletics in Mesa, Ariz., and at the Giants in Scottsdale.

The Cubs will play 37 spring games, including 17 at Sloan Park, plus two in Las Vegas against the Reds on March 25-26. Chicago also will play two games March 30-31 against the Astros at Minute Maid Park to close the exhibition schedule.

The Cubs face their World Series opponent, the Indians, four times. The clubs will face off on Feb. 26 and March 24 at Sloan Park, and have a split-squad game March 25 in Goodyear, and then a night game in Goodyear on March 27.

The Cubs play their intracity rivals, the White Sox, twice: Feb. 27 in Mesa and March 17 in Glendale.

The Cubs also will play two World Baseball Classic opponents at Sloan Park, meeting Team Italy on March 7, while facing the winner of the Asia bracket on March 18.

Individual game tickets for 2017 Cubs home Spring Training games go on sale Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. CT at www.cubs.com. For season ticket and group ticket information, please visit www.sloanpark.com.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.