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Major League Baseball's 2010 spring training begins first week of March in Southwest Florida

Former Marlin outfielder Jeremy Hermida now plays for the Red Sox
Former Marlin outfielder Jeremy Hermida now plays for the Red Sox
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Major league baseball returns to Southwest Florida on March 4, when the Tampa Bay Rays kick off the 2010 spring training season at 1:05 pm against the Baltimore Orioles at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte. The Boston Red Sox follow at 7:05 pm against the Minnesota Twins at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. The BoSox actually start first at 1:05 pm on March 3, but the game is a split-squad exhibition double-header against Northeastern University’s varsity team –not a totally major league event. The Minnesota Twins follow with a 12:05 pm game against Boston on March 5 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.
According to, three of the Rays' four arbitration-eligible players came to terms in late January at the arbitration deadline for Major League players and their teams to swap arbitration figures. Center fielder B.J. Upton is the only Ray headed to arbitration; the Rays signed shortstop Jason Bartlett, left-hander J.P. Howell, and right-hander Matt Garza. The Rays have also signed right-hander Matt Bush to a Minor League contract.
The Red Sox announced they have struck a one-year deal with reserve outfielder Jeremy Hermida, whom they obtained in November from the Marlins. The team has also signed Hideki Okajima, Ramon Ramirez, Manny Delcarmen, and All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon.
And the Twins have signed veteran left-handed thumper Jim Thome to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
City of Palms Park is at 2201 Edison Avenue, and Hammond Stadium is at 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, both in Fort Myers. Charlotte Sports Park (which may soon have a new name – stay tuned) is located at 2300 El Jobean Road in Port Charlotte.