Pirates announce spring training schedule

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The Pirates released their 2013 spring training schedule Thursday, and it features 33 Grapefruit League games, one intrasquad exhibition and games against Team Spain and the Altoona Curve, the team's Class AA affiliate.

The Pirates kick off their exhibition season with the "Black and Gold Game" Feb. 22 at newly renovated McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla. The following day, they start against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla.

The Pirates will play host to Team Spain March 5 at McKechnie Field, in advance of the World Baseball Classic. The Pirates earlier said they would play Brazil, but Classic scheduling changed that plan.

They finish their Florida schedule with a game against the New York Yankees in Tampa before heading to Pennsylvania for a final exhibition against the Curve March 30 in Altoona.

Tickets for games at McKechnie Field, which range from $12 to $27, go on sale in January.

The first workout for pitchers and catchers at Pirate City in Bradenton is noon Feb. 12. The first full squad workout is Feb. 15.



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