Sox to play Aussie WBC team in spring

Exhibition will happen in Fort Myers, Fla., on March 5

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BOSTON -- In keeping with the international theme baseball is embracing in Spring Training, the Red Sox announced Thursday they will play Australia's World Baseball Classic team in an exhibition game Sunday, March 5, at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Fla. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. ET.

Earlier this month, Major League Baseball announced the Australian team will hold its training camp at Boston's Minor League complex in Fort Myers on March 3-6. Led by skipper Jon Deeble, who serves as the coordinator of Pacific Rim scouting for the Red Sox, Australia captured the silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Tickets for the game, a 17th Red Sox spring home game, will go on sale Friday at 9 a.m., and all will be half price. Like all other Red Sox Spring Training tickets, tickets for the Australia exhibition are available online at www.redsox.com or by calling (617) 482-4SOX. For accessible seating, call (877) RED-SOX9. Hearing-impaired patrons may call the Red Sox TTY line at (617) 226-6644.

For fans in Fort Myers, the City of Palms Park ticket office -- and the Red Sox Team Store -- are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The inaugural World Baseball Classic, featuring teams from 16 nations, will be contested March 3-20. Opening-round games will be played in Japan, Puerto Rico, Florida and Arizona between March 3 and March 10. Second-round contests will be played in Anaheim and Puerto Rico on March 12-16. The semifinals will be played in San Diego on March 18 with the championship game to be played there March 20.

Tickets for the 16 previously scheduled Red Sox Spring Training games at City of Palms Park went on sale Dec. 3. After a record first day of sales -- on which the Red Sox sold nearly 25 percent more tickets than on the first day of sales a year ago -- several games are already sold out and only standing room and lawn seats remain for most others.

Mike Petraglia is contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.