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11/24/09 2:00 PM EST

Sox start spring slate with collegiate tilts

Spring Training 2010 to kick off with NU-BC doubleheader

BOSTON -- Red Sox Nation can now officially plan for sunny days in Fort Myers, Fla., as the club released its 2010 Spring Training schedule on Tuesday.

The 33-game schedule, which includes 17 games at City of Palms Park, starts at home on March 3 with a college doubleheader against Northeastern University (1:05 p.m. ET) and Boston College (6:05 p.m.).

The 2010 Red Sox will take on Major League competition for the first time on March 4, when they host the Twins.

Tickets for all Spring Training games will be available starting at 10 a.m. on Dec. 5, at www.redsox.com. The tickets will all stay at the 2009 price levels.

One of the nice things about Spring Training for Red Sox fans is the chance to see some National League teams. The Cardinals visit the Red Sox on March 8, followed by the Marlins the next day.

Boston ventures to the East Coast of Florida to take on the Mets and Cardinals on March 11-12. The Mets come to City of Palms on St. Patrick's Day, which is March 17. Look for the Red Sox to once again break out their green uniforms and hats for that game.

For the first time in recent memory, the Red Sox won't square off with their rivals, the Yankees, during Spring Training.

Boston will see plenty of the rest of the American League East, with multiple meetings scheduled against the Orioles, Blue Jays and Rays. The O's, who used to train in Fort Lauderdale, will move to Sarasota in 2010, making it a shorter bus ride for the Red Sox.

Boston will wrap up its Grapefruit League schedule with a game against the Nationals on April 2. The next day, those same two teams will meet at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. While the Red Sox have typically played two games in their end-of-spring venture to a Major League stadium, Boston and the Nats will play just the one game in D.C.

The Red Sox open their 2010 season at Fenway Park against the Yankees on April 5.

Pitchers and catchers will report to Fort Myers on Feb. 18. The first workout will be two days later. Position players will report on Feb. 22, with the first full-squad workout on Feb. 24. The Red Sox will hold workouts at the Player Development Complex, which is located at 4301 Edison Avenue. All workouts are open to the public and free of charge. Shuttle buses will be provided from City of Palms Park at $2 per person.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.