By JOHN LEMBO
BRADENTON - The Pittsburgh Pirates unveiled their schedule for the 2015 Grapefruit League season Monday and it includes 15 home games as well as the intrasquad Black and Gold game.
The Pirates open the exhibition season Tuesday, March 3 against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin and will be at McKechnie Field the next day for their Grapefruit League home-opener, also against the Blue Jays.
The Black and Gold game will be played at noon, Monday, March 2.
The New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles are scheduled to make the trip to Bradenton for Spring Training games.
McKechnie Field's annual night game will be played 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 against the Tigers.
Season tickets go on sale Nov. 24. The prices are:-- Infield Box (Box 1-14) $373.00* -- Infield Reserve $343.00* -- Baseline Box (Box 15-22) $328.00* -- Grandstand $193.00* - Left Field Bleachers $193.00*
* Price includes tickets for every game played at McKechnie Field, including the “Black and Gold” game, which benefits the Manatee Education Foundation.