Due to the recently-implemented MLB health and safety protocols, a revised 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training schedule has been set, and with that came a delay for their first Cactus League game, among other changes.
The Dodgers originally were slated to face the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park on Saturday, Feb. 28. However, L.A. now opens their Cactus League schedule Feb. 29, still on the road, but with a matchup against the Oakland Athletics.
Overall, the revised Dodgers Spring Training schedule consists of 29 games, which includes the exhibition Freeway Series at the end of March. MLB eliminated split-squad games for all teams, but in a quirk, the Dodgers and L.A. Angels will not face each other in Arizona.
Another noteworthy change to the spring schedule for the Dodgers are their 15 night games. That number historically is much smaller, with night contests typically not taking place until later in the schedule as preparations for the regular season ramp up.
The Dodgers are scheduled to play 14 of their 26 Cactus League games at Camelback Ranch, including 13 as the designated home team. Among other matchups, they will host the San Diego Padres (March 6), Arizona Diamondbacks (March 10) and San Francisco Giants (March 21).
Rule changes this spring include pitchers being permitted to re-enter a game. Furthermore, for games through March 13, a manager will have the option to end an inning before the third out is recorded if his pitcher has thrown at least 20 pitches.
Also through March 13, games can be shortened to seven or five innings if both managers are in agreement. Starting March 14, both managers can agree to shorten a game to seven innings, and that date is also when the three-batter minimum rule for pitchers takes effect.
Camelback Ranch has not announced plans for attendance — which presumably will be a limited capacity — nor provided details on when tickets may go on sale. What is known is the backfields will be closed to the public during workouts.
Opening Day of the 2021 regular season remains scheduled for April 1. The Dodgers are due to face the Colorado Rockies, with first pitch at Coors Field scheduled for 1:10 p.m. PT. The game will be televised by SportsNet LA and ESPN.
Revised 2021 Dodgers Spring Training schedule
|Sunday||Feb. 28||@ Athletics||Mesa||1:05 p.m.||W, 2-1 (F/7)|
|Monday||March 1||vs. Rockies||Glendale||1:05 p.m.||W, 10-0 (F/6)|
|Tuesday||March 2||@ Giants||Scottsdale||7:05 p.m.||T, 1-1 (F/7)|
|Wednesday||March 3||vs. Reds||Glendale||6:05 p.m.||T, 4-4 (F/7))|
|Thursday||March 4||vs. Cubs||Glendale||6:05 p.m.||L, 7-0 (F/7)|
|Friday||March 5||@ Royals||Surprise||1:05 p.m.||W, 7-5|
|Saturday||March 6||vs. Padres||Glendale||1:05 p.m.||L, 2-1 (F/7)|
|Sunday||March 7||@ Rangers||Surprise||1:05 p.m.||L, 4-3 (F/7)|
|Monday||March 8||vs. White Sox||Glendale||1:05 p.m.||W, 8-0 (F/7)|
|Tuesday||March 9||@ Reds||Goodyear||6:05 p.m.||W, 5-3|
|Wednesday||March 10||vs. Diamondbacks||Glendale||6:05 p.m.||W, 3-2 (F/8)|
|Thursday||March 11||vs. Mariners||Glendale||6:05 p.m.||T, 4-4 (F/7)|
|Friday||March 12||@ Indians||Goodyear||1:05 p.m.||W, 9-2 (F/7)|
|Sunday||March 14||vs. Royals||Glendale||6:05 p.m.||L, 8-4|
|Monday||March 15||@ Rockies||Salt River||1:10 p.m.||W, 12-5|
|Tuesday||March 16||vs. Brewers||Glendale||1:05 p.m.||L, 7-2|
|Wednesday||March 17||@ White Sox||Glendale||1:05 p.m.||W, 4-3|
|Thursday||March 18||@ Diamondbacks||Salt River||1:10 p.m.||T, 7-7 (F/7)|
|Friday||March 19||vs. Rangers||Glendale||1:05 p.m.||W, 7-2|
|Saturday||March 20||@ Padres||Peoria||1:10 p.m.||T, 4-4|
|Sunday||March 21||vs. Giants||Glendale||1:05 p.m.||L, 10-4|
|Monday||March 22||@ Mariners||Peoria||6:40 p.m.||L, 7-3|
|Tuesday||March 23||@ Brewers||Maryvale||1:10 p.m.||L, 9-6|
|Thursday||March 25||@ Cubs||Mesa||6:05 p.m.||W, 5-2|
|Friday||March 26||vs. Athletics||Glendale||6:05 p.m.|
|Saturday||March 27||vs. Indians||Glendale||12:05 p.m.|
|Sunday||March 28||@ Angels||Angel Stadium||6:07 p.m.|
|Monday||March 29||vs. Angels||Dodger Stadium||7:10 p.m.|
|Tuesday||March 30||vs. Angels||Dodger Stadium||7:10 p.m.|
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