The Braves will try something different to spice up the end of spring training in 2012, playing an exhibition game against some of their top prospects at Triple-A Gwinnett’s Coolray Field on April 3 at 6:05 p.m.
In past years the Braves played a pair of exhibition games against an American League team at Turner Field between the final Grapefruit League game in Florida and the regular season opener. Those games, sparsely attended in recent years, aren’t on the schedule in ‘12.
The Braves will open their 34-game spring training schedule March 3 with a home game against Detroit at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and close the Florida schedule with an April 2 home game against the New York Mets.
The New York Yankees play the Braves twice in Lake Buena Vista — March 10 and March 28 — and World Series champion St. Louis visits on March 19. Philadelphia plays the Braves once at Lake Buena Vista, on April 1.
Braves pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 19 and have their first workout Feb. 20. Other position players report Feb. 24 and the first full-squad workout is Feb. 25.
Individual spring-training game tickets go on sale Jan. 7 (Wide World of Sports Box office, Ticketmaster, or braves.com/springtraining). Ticket information for the April 3 game at Gwinnett will be announced later.