Cardinals announce 2017 spring training schedule

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The Cardinals' spring training schedule opens Feb. 25.

Brynn Anderson / AP

ST. LOUIS -- Mark Feb. 25 on your calendar in big, bold letters. That's the date the St. Louis Cardinals play their first game of 2017.

It's a practice game, of course, but if you're aching for Cardinals baseball, it's a game nonetheless.

The Cardinals announced their 2017 spring training schedule Thursday. They'll play 32 Grapefruit League games from Feb. 25 through March 29. Then they'll play two more exhibitions -- at Memphis on March 30 and at Springfield on March 31.

The Cardinals will open the regular season on Monday, April 3, when they host the world champion Cubs. It will be St. Louis' first season opener at home since 2011.

Cardinals pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Jupiter on Feb. 14, and position players are scheduled to report Feb. 17. This will be the team's 20th season training at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.

The full schedule: