The Baltimore Orioles came to Sarasota in the Spring of 2010 when, after 14 years in Fort Lauderdale, the major-league team began spring training at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St. (tel. 941/954-4101; www.orioles.com). Tickets range from $10 and up. The Pittsburgh Pirates (tel. 941/748-4610; www.pirateball.com) do their February through March spring training at 6,562-seat McKechnie Field, 9th Street West and 17th Avenue West, south of downtown Bradenton. Tickets are $10 to $20. After purchasing the Sarasota Reds when Cincinnati moved to Arizona for spring trailing, the Pirates got their own minor-league team, the Bradenton Marauders (www.bradentonmarauders.com), who also play at McKechnie Field April through September. Tickets are $5 to $10.
The Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane (tel. 941/907-0000; www.sarasotapolo.com), at Lakewood Ranch, a planned community midway between Sarasota and Bradenton, is the site of Sunday-afternoon polo matches from mid-December to early April. General admission is $10 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Call for the schedule.
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