The team will open their preseason with an exhibition game on March 17 in Port Charlotte, FL, against the Rochester Red Wings. The Bulls are scheduled to play 15 exhibition games against International League opponents Louisville, Pawtucket, Norfolk and Rochester.
Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., will serve as the Bulls’ home stadium throughout spring training. The ballpark will host practices and seven home exhibition games. Pitchers and catchers report to minor league camp on March 5 followed by positional players March 9. The month long spring training will break camp April 5.
This year marks the Bulls’ 11th season as the top minor league affiliate of the defending American League Champion Rays. The Bulls are coming off a 2008 campaign in which they made their second straight appearance in the Governor’s Cup finals following their seventh South Division title. The Bulls 2009 regular season begins April 9 with a home opener against their divisional foes, the Norfolk Tides.
Here is the daily schedule:
3/3 Staff Reports
3/5 Pitchers and Catchers Report
3/6 1st Pitcher/Catcher Workout
3/9 Posistion Players Report
3/10 First Full Squad Workout
3/17 Durham Bulls vs. Rochester Red Wings
3/18 Durham Bulls @ Louisville Bats
3/19 Durham Bulls vs. Norfolk Tides
3/20 Camp Day
3/21 Durham Bulls @ Pawtucket Red Sox
3/22 Durham Bulls vs. Rochester Red Wings
3/23 Durham Bulls @ Louisville Bats
3/24 Durham Bulls @ Norfolk Tide
3/25 Camp Day
3/26 Durham Bulls vs. Norfolk Tide
3/27 Durham Bulls @ Rochester Red Wings
3/28 Durham Bulls @ Louisville Bats
3/29 Durham Bulls vs. Norfolk Tide
3/30 Camp Day
3/31 Durham Bulls @ Pawtucket Red Sox
4/1 Durham Bulls vs. Louisville Bats
4/2 Durham Bulls @ Louisville Bats
4/3 Durham Bulls vs. Norfolk Tide
4/4 Camp Day
4/5 10 AM Intrasquad Games and Break Camp
All games are scheduled for 1:00 PM.