Sunday, February 2, 2003

A look at the Grapefruit League



Atlanta Braves

Home stadium: Cracker Jack Stadium, 700 S. Victory Way, Kissimmee, Fla., 34747.

Directions: From southwest - Take I-4 East to Highway 192 West (Exit 25B), go half mile, turn right on World Drive, go 0.75 miles, bearing right onto Osceola Parkway, go half mile, turn right at stoplight onto Victory Way, take right at Disney's Wide World of Sports globe and follow road toward stadium parking lot. From southeast - Take Florida Turnpike north to Exit 249 (Osceola Parkway West), go about 10 miles, turn left onto Victory Way to stadium.

For more information: 407-939-2200, www.atlantabraves.com.

Baltimore Orioles

Home stadium: Fort Lauderdale Stadium, 1301 NW 55th St., Fort Lauderdale, 33309.

Directions: From north or south - Take I-95 to Commercial Boulevard West exit, take Commercial Boulevard West to Oriole Boulevard, turn right on Oriole Boulevard to 12th Avenue, turn left on 12th Avenue; park is on the right.

For more information: 954-776-1921, www.theorioles.com.

Boston Red Sox

Home stadium: City of Palms Park, 2201 Edison Ave., Fort Myers, Fla., 33901.

Directions: From north - Take I-75 south to Tuckers Grade (Exit 27), make right and travel about 1 mile, turn south onto U.S. 41, continue for about 16 miles over the river into Fort Myers, continue for another half mile and turn left onto Victoria, make third right onto Broadway. From south - Take I-75 north to Colonial Boulevard (Exit 22), travel west on Colonial for 4 miles, travel north on U.S. 41 for 2.4 miles, make third right onto Edison Avenue.

For more information: 941-334-4700, www.redsox.com.

Cincinnati Reds

Home stadium: Ed Smith Stadium, 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, Fla., 34237.

Directions: From north - Exit I-75 at University Parkway (Exit 40), go west on University to Tuttle Avenue, turn left onto Tuttle; park is on the right. From south - Exit I-75 at Fruitville Road (Exit 39), go west on Fruitville to Tuttle Avenue, turn right onto Tuttle; park is on the left.

For more information: 941-954-4464 or 800-955-5566, www.cincinnatireds.com.

Cleveland Indians

Home stadium: Chain of Lakes Park, Cypress Garden Boulevard, Winter Haven, Fla., 33880.

Directions: From Tampa - Take I-4 east to Highway 92 (Memorial Boulevard) in Lakeland, travel several miles east on Highway 92 through Lakeland to Route 544 (Havendale Boulevard), turn right and take Route 544 to U.S. 17, turn right onto U.S. 17 South, travel about 3 miles through downtown Winter Haven before making a left onto Cypress Garden Boulevard (Route 540); park is immediately on the right. From Orlando - Take I-4 west to Route 27 south at Baseball City, make right onto State Road 540 (Cypress Garden Boulevard), go 8 miles; park is on the left.

For more information: 863-293-3900, 866-48-TRIBE, www.indians.com.

Detroit Tigers

Home stadium: Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, Fla., 33805.

Directions: From east or west - Take I-4 to Exit 19 and follow Route 33 South approximately 2 miles to Joker Marchant Stadium; park is on the left.

For more information: 863-686-8075 or 863-682-9162, www.detroittigers.com

Florida Marlins

Home stadium: Roger Dean Stadium, 4657 Main St., Jupiter, Fla., 33458.

Directions: From I-95 - Exit at Donald Ross Road (Exit 58), go 1 mile east to Central Boulevard, make a left at the light and follow Central Boulevard to the circle, from the circle take Main Street to stadium. From Florida Turnpike - Exit at Jupiter-Indiantown Road (Exit 116) and enter I-95 South, follow directions above for I-95.

For more information: 561-630-1828, www.rogerdeanstadium.com.

Houston Astros

Home stadium: Osceola County Stadium, 1000 Bill Beck Blvd., Kissimmee, Fla., 34744.

Directions: From Tampa - I-4 east to U.S. 192 East, go 11 miles and turn left onto Bill Beck Boulevard; stadium is 0.7 miles on the left. From Florida Turnpike northbound - Take Exit 242 and turn left (northwest) on U.S. 192, go 3 miles and turn right on Bill Beck Boulevard to stadium. From Florida Turnpike southbound - Take Exit 244 and make immediate right onto U.S. 192, go 1 mile and turn right onto Bill Beck Boulevard to stadium.

For more information: 321-697-3200, www.astros.com.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Home stadium: Holman Stadium, 4001 26th St., Vero Beach, Fla., 32961.

Directions: From north and south - Exit I-95 at Vero Beach, go east on Route 60 to 43rd Avenue and turn left, go six blocks to 26th Street and turn right; first right is golf course, second right is stadium.

For more information: 772-569-4900, www.dodgers.com or www.vbdodgers.com.

Minnesota Twins

Home stadium: Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, Fla., 33912.

Directions: From north or south - Take I-75 to Exit 21 (Daniels Road), go west 2 miles to Six Mile Cypress Parkway, go south for half mile; Lee County Sports Complex is on the right.

For more information: 239-768-4200, www.twinsbaseball.com.

Montreal Expos

Home stadium: Space Coast Stadium, 5800 Stadium Parkway, Viera, Fla., 32940.

Directions: From north - I-95 south to Fiske Boulevard (Exit 74), proceed south on Fiske/Stadium Parkway to stadium. From south -- I-95 north to State Road 509 (Wickham Road, Exit 73), turn left, turn right on Lake Andrew Drive and follow road to the stadium.

For more information: 321-633-4487, www.montrealexpos.com.

New York Mets

Home stadium: Thomas J. White Stadium, 525 NW Peacock Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Fla., 34986.

Directions: From north and south -- Take I-95 to Exit 63C, bear right, go about a quarter mile and make first left onto Northwestern Peacock Boulevard. Stadium is straight ahead about 300 yards.

For more information: 561-871-2115, stluciemets.com.

New York Yankees

Home stadium: Legends Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa, 33614.

Directions: From north or south - Take I-275 South to Route 92 exit (Dale Mabry North); stadium is on the corner of Dale Mabry and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. From Tampa Airport - Take Spruce Street exit out of airport, head east; Spruce turns into Boy Scout Road; follow road to Dale Mabry, turn left onto Dale Mabry; complex is on the left.

For more information: 813-879-2244, www.legendsfieldtampa.com.

Philadelphia Phillies

Home stadium: Jack Russell Memorial Stadium, 800 Phillies Drive, Clearwater, Fla., 33755.

Directions: West on Route 60 to Greenwood Street, turn right and follow to Seminole Street, turn right again.

For more information: 727-442-8496, www.phillies.com.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Home stadium: McKechnie Field, 17th Avenue and Ninth Street East, Bradenton, Fla., 34208.

Directions: From St. Petersburg - Go over Skyway Bridge to Exit 2 (19 South), continue on 41 South (Bradenton/Sarasota), make right on 17th Avenue West to park. From Sarasota - Take Route 41 north to 17th Avenue West, make right and continue to park. From north or south on I-75 - Exit at Route 64 (Exit 42 if traveling south, Exit 42B if traveling north), go west on Route 64 to Ninth Street West, turn left to stadium.

For more information: 941-748-4610, www.pittsburghpirates.com.

St. Louis Cardinals

Home stadium: Roger Dean Stadium, 4751 Main St., Jupiter, Fla., 33458.

Directions: From I-95 - Exit at Donald Ross Road (Exit 58), go 1 mile east to Central Boulevard, make a left at the light and follow Central Boulevard to the circle, from the circle take Main Street to stadium. From Florida Turnpike - Exit at Indiantown Road (Exit 116) and enter I-95 South, follow directions above for I-95.

For more information: 561-775-1818, www.stlcardinals.com.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Home stadium: Florida Power Park, Al Lang Field, 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, Fla., 33701.

Directions: From Tampa - Take I-275 south to Exit 9, follow east to ballpark.

For more information: 888-326-7297, www.devilrays.com.

Toronto Blue Jays

Home stadium: Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Avenue at Beltrees, Dunedin, Fla., 34697.

Directions: Take U.S. 19 to Sunset Point to Douglas Avenue, north on Douglas to Dunedin Stadium; park is on the southeast corner of Douglas and Beltrees.

For more information: 727-733-0429 or 800-707-8269, www.bluejays.com.

Report dates

Team

Pitchers,

catchers

First

workout

Anaheim Angels Feb. 14 Feb. 15
Arizona Diamondbacks Feb. 12 Feb. 13
Atlanta Braves Feb. 13 Feb. 14
Baltimore Orioles Feb. 13 Feb. 14
Boston Red Sox Feb. 14 Feb. 15
Chicago Cubs Feb. 13 Feb. 14
Chicago White Sox Feb. 16 Feb. 17
Cincinnati Reds Feb. 13 Feb. 14
Cleveland Indians Feb. 14 Feb. 16
Colorado Rockies Feb. 14 Feb. 16
Detroit Tigers Feb. 12 Feb. 13
Florida Marlins Feb. 15 Feb. 17
Houston Astros Feb. 15 Feb. 16
Kansas City Royals Feb. 14 Feb. 15
Los Angeles Dodgers Feb. 12 Feb. 13
Milwaukee Brewers Feb. 15 Feb. 16
Minnesota Twins Feb. 16 Feb. 17
Montreal Expos Feb. 13 Feb. 15
New York Mets Feb. 13 Feb. 14
New York Yankees Feb. 11 Feb. 13
Oakland Athletics Feb. 15 Feb. 16
Philadelphia Phillies Feb. 14 Feb. 14
Pittsburgh Pirates Feb. 14 Feb. 15
St. Louis Cardinals Feb. 14 Feb. 15
San Diego Padres Feb. 14 Feb. 15
San Francisco Giants Feb. 14 Feb. 15
Seattle Mariners Feb. 9 Feb. 10
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Feb. 13 Feb. 14
Texas Rangers Feb. 12 Feb. 13
Toronto Blue Jays Feb. 15 Feb. 16




UC BEARCATS
Marquette 82, UC 76
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Rankings become least of concerns

XAVIER
Xavier 66, Richmond 52
Victory a little sweeter for West

OTHER COLLEGE BASKETBALL
No. 7 Kentucky 87, South Carolina 69
Miami 57, Buffalo 55
Ohio State 65, Northwestern 52
No. 8 Louisville 95, No. 19 Indiana 76
Syracuse stuns No. 2 Pitt
Texas A&M denies Knight 800th victory
Top 25 roundup: Who's No. 1? Maybe Texas
How the Top 25 fared
Women: UConn blasts No. 1 Duke
Smith's late basket lifts Norse men to 76-75 victory

REDS / MLB
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A look at the Grapefruit League
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BENGALS / NFL
Bengals Q&A
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Garcia frustrated by 49ers' coaching conundrum
Rice's heart fonder for Hawaii

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Hula Bowl: South 27, North 24
Paterno: 2006 might be final year at Penn State
Grambling QB wins Gaither Award

HORSE RACING
Streaking Champali adds WEBN at Turfway
Medaglia d'Oro wins Strub Stakes after three-month layoff
Record number nominated for Triple Crown races

PREP SPORTS
Groeschen: St. X swimmers step up
Schmidt: Former prep football stars get shot at pros
Withrow gets top seed in Division I
Sectional tournament pairings
St. Henry hits All 'A' state
Ohio boys games
Ohio girls games
Ky. boys games
Ky. girls games
Prep sports results

GOLF
Herron pulls away by 4 strokes in Hope Classic

NBA BASKETBALL
NBA: Penalized Pacers prevail

HOCKEY
MacInnis, Roy lead West to skills victory
NHL YoungStars: East 8, West 3
NHL All-Star notebook
Ducks waddle past Admirals

AUTO RACING
The Boogity Man is back
Tight battle up front in Daytona
NASCAR notebook

TRISTATE SPOTLITE
Ex-GCL, XU players skip along in ACC
Local man knows story behind numbers
Enquirer's Page Two power rankings

AS THE SPORTS WORLD TURNS
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