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No team went through as many changes as the Miami Marlins did this past offseason, and their fans have taken notice. Changes included getting a new name (the Florida Marlins became the Miami Marlins), hiring outspoken manager Ozzie Guillen, moving into a brand-new 37,000-seat stadium (that features an over-the-top structure in center field, see left) and signing prized free agents Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle.

If those moves alone didn't add to excitement among baseball fans, the team has become a sleeper pick to win the National League East Division and possibly the World Series. The team's first test will be the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals on opening night, April 4. The game has created a buzz around the city and has caused Miami Marlins tickets for this game to have a higher average on TicketNetwork.com than any other opening day game this week.

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TicketNetwork.com March live events preview

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Spring is right around the corner and with the temperature warming up, so will the sports, concert and theater events in March. This month features plenty of great holidays including St. Patrick's Day, If Pets Had Thumbs Day and International Fanny Pack Day. Whatever you're into, there are plenty of great things going on in March. Check out an overview below.

Concerts

Bruce Springsteen: "The Boss" is back and about to embark on yet another tour with the E Street Band. The tour begins on March 18 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA.

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Straight No Chaser: The a cappella group that was originally created on the campus of Indiana University before becoming a YouTube sensation will head out on a North American tour starting March 6 in Winnipeg.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Having sold over 70 million albums during their storied career, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have fans worldwide. Those fans will have a chance to see RHCP in person when they start their tour March 29 in Tampa, FL.

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MLB Spring Training 2012: A guide to the Cactus League

Last week we gave you a guide to the Grapefruit League in Florida; now we turn our attention west, to the Cactus League in Arizona. The remaining 15 teams from Major League Baseball call Arizona home for Spring Training: eight from the National League and seven from the American League. Two teams from the Cactus League, Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners, have already begun reporting to camp, apparently trying to get a jump on the rest of the league. The remaining teams are set to open camp on February 19, which is the voluntary report date for pitchers and catchers.

What to Look For

Pujols Changes Uniforms – First baseman Albert Pujols surprised the baseball world (especially in St. Louis) this offseason when he left the Cardinals and headed to L.A. to play for the Angels. I guess when someone gives you a $254 million contract, you don't mind leaving the team you just won a World Series with.

Theo Tries to Break Another Curse – In 2004, Theo Epstein helped the Boston Red Sox break an 86-year curse to win the World Series. In 2012, he joins the Chicago Cubs as their new President of Baseball Operations and will have a lot of work to do if he wants to break the 103-year curse that every Cubs fan has suffered through. Good luck with that.

Rangers Welcome Yu Darvish – The Texas Rangers fell just short of winning the World Series last year and are hoping their latest addition to the pitching staff will help. Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish joins the club and should provide a lot of fanfare surrounding Rangers Spring Training similar to the welcome that Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka received in 2007 when he came over from Japan.

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MLB Spring Training 2012: A guide to the Grapefruit League

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Now that the NFL season is over, it's time to look forward to the Major League Baseball season, and that all begins with Spring Training 2012. All 30 MLB teams will begin to report to camp in just a couple of weeks, so what better time to take a look at all the teams and give you a guide to this year's Spring Training? Today, we will take a look at the 15 ball clubs that play as part of the Grapefruit League in Florida. Next week, we'll shift west and look at Arizona's Cactus League.

What to Look For

JetBlue Park – The newest ballpark in the Grapefruit League, JetBlue Park is the new home to the Boston Red Sox and located just a few miles away from their old home, City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, FL. The stadium was built as a mini-Fenway Park featuring a 37-foot "Green Monster" in left field and will seat approximately 11,000 fans.

New-Look Marlins – No longer the Florida Marlins, the Miami Marlins will feature a whole new look for the 2012 season and Spring Training will be the first chance for fans to catch a glimpse of their team. Along with a new logo, the Marlins also have a new shortstop in Jose Reyes, who joined the team this off-season from the New York Mets.

A Prince Moves to a New Kingdom – First baseman Prince Fielder surprised almost everyone just a few weeks ago when he decided to sign a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. He will debut in his new duds at Joker Merchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL, when he reports to camp in just a couple weeks.

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TicketNetwork February live events preview

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It's easy to get stuck in the doldrums during the cold and cloudy winter, but how can you be sad when it's National Grapefruit Month? February may be the shortest month of the year, but there is still plenty going on (especially with the extra leap day!). Check out an overview below.

Concerts

Elton John: The legend is kicking off his Las Vegas residency on February 9, featuring lots of his greatest hits in "The Million Dollar Piano" show.

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Big Time Rush: The Nickelodeon boy band is touring the country this spring, beginning in Las Vegas on February 17.

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Van Halen: Rock fans will definitely not want to miss the latest tour of classic rock, featuring original front man David Lee Roth.

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