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Pittsburgh Pirates to Play on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball for First Time Since 2002

January 7th, 2014 at 2:44 PM
By Allan Smith

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The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Tuesday they would be changing the time of the first pitch for four home games, including Opening Day against the Chicago Cubs on March 31 as well as May 11 against the St. Louis Cardinals, which will be broadcast on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.

The start time against the Cubs will be moved from 1:35 to 1:05 to accommodate ESPN, who will broadcast the game nationally. The game will still be broadcast locally by ROOT Sports.

As for the Pirates appearance against the Cardinals on Sunday Night Baseball, the game will mark the first time PNC Park has been featured on ESPN's game of the week. It will also be the first time since May 19, 2002 that the Pirates were apart of a Sunday Night Baseball. That night, the Pirates beat the Houston Astros 5-3 thanks to 6 2/3 strong innings by Kip Wells allowing only one run. The team was also lifted by an Aramis Ramirez home run in case anyone had forgotten.

In addition, the May 24 game against the Washington Nationals was pushed back to 7:15 and will be televised nationally by FOX. The August 30 game against the Cincinnati Reds, which was moved to a 4:05 starting time, will be broadcast by Fox Sports 1 and will still be televised locally by ROOT Sports

Tags: Baseball, MLB, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pirates

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