KANSAS CITY -- Bring on the Giants -- again. That's what will happen twice for the Royals during Spring Training, as the World Series rivals meet in the Cactus League.
The San Francisco-Kansas City matchups are scheduled for March 22 at the Royals' camp in Surprise, Ariz., and the next afternoon at the Giants' ballpark in Scottsdale. Both games are set for 3:05 p.m. CT.
The Royals announced their Spring Training schedule on Monday, and it includes 31 games, including 14 home games at Surprise Stadium. This will be their 13th season at Surprise after 15 years at Baseball City and 19 years at Fort Myers, both in Florida.
The traditional Cactus League opener will be against the Texas Rangers, the Royals' co-tenants since the complex opened in 2003, on Wednesday, March 4. The two teams also will meet the next day at Surprise and again on March 30. As the Rangers will be the home team in two of those games, the Royals will have a total of 16 games at Surprise.
The first four games on the schedule will start at 2:05 p.m. CT, prior to the Daylight Savings Time change in the Central time zone. The Phoenix area does not change times.
There are four night games scheduled in Arizona, two in Surprise against Milwaukee on March 18 and against the Chicago White Sox on March 25.
The Royals will wrap up their spring schedule at Houston with an April 3 night game and an April 4 afternoon game against the Astros. Then they'll head to Kansas City for the April 6 regular-season opener against the White Sox.
The official Spring Training reporting dates are Feb. 19 for pitchers and catchers and Feb. 24 for the rest of the squad, with workouts beginning the following day. Usually, however, a large number of players check in early to begin working out on their own.
The Surprise Recreation Campus will accept mail orders as well as online orders for tickets. To obtain a ticket brochure, fans can call (623) 222-2222 or visit royals.com/springtraining.
Single-game tickets go on sale online Monday, Dec. 15, through royals.com/springtraining or by calling (800) 745-3000. The Surprise box office will open at 7 a.m. MT on Saturday, Jan. 3, for walk-up purchases. A service charge will be applied to tickets purchased online or over the phone. Fans with questions about Spring Training tickets can call (623) 222-2222, beginning Monday.