Pirates begin spring training in Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates, celebrating 50 years in Bradenton, will return this week to LECOM Park in Bradenton for spring training.

The Pirates will host the New York Yankees at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the home opener at LECOM Park.

Four of Pittsburgh’s final six spring training games are scheduled to be played in Bradenton, including a night game Thursday, March 22, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 16-game home schedule concludes with a 1:05 p.m. game Monday, March 26, against the Phillies.

The Pirates went 19-12-2 last March, while tying the club record for wins, in addition to drawing a record 106,291 fans to 17 games at the Bradenton park.

For more information, call the ballpark box office at 941-747-3031.

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