Rain May Dampen Start of MLB Spring Training in Florida

By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
February 26, 2014; 8:15 PM ET
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It's the annual rite of going from winter to spring: Major League Baseball's Spring Training.

The Cactus and Grapefruit leagues begin play on Wednesday in Arizona and Florida, respectively.

It could be a wet start to Spring Training 2014 as a front stalls across south-central Florida, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.

"There may be multiple opportunities for showers and thunderstorms," Edwards said.

The first official Grapefruit League game will be Wednesday between the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field, Clearwater, Fla. First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m. EST.

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The Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants open Cactus League play with a 3:05 p.m. EST start at Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale, Ariz. At the same time, the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians take the field at Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear, Ariz.

"There will be comfortable temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s with partly sunny skies Wednesday through Friday," Edwards said.

There may be a chance of rain for the weekend in Arizona but it depends on how much precipitation may move through as a result of a storm system expected to bring beneficial rains to California.

MLB's opening series will be held March 22 and 23 in Sydney, Australia, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

March 30 is Opening Night with March 31 as Opening Day.

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley runs during a drill in a Spring Training baseball practice Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


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