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Pirates Charities, People's Gas, Robert Morris University and other partners break ground on Moon Township Miracle League Project

Moon Township Miracle League Field and playground to assist persons living with disabilities

Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is partnering with the Miracle League of Moon Township to build the new Miracle League of Moon Township at People's Park Miracle League Field, adaptive playground and ADA restroom facility in Moon Twp. Pa.   
The project is designed to promote inclusive, healthy environments for persons living with disabilities in Moon Township and the surrounding communities and is being made possible by a partnership of community leaders, including Pirates Charities, People's Gas, Robert Morris University, Edgar Snyder and Associates, the Buncher Foundation, Edith Trees Trust, RB Vetco and Acme Door and Hardware. 

On Wednesday, October 24 at 3:30 p.m., the Pirates, and many of the above partners, will be joined at the project site (Moon Park 1350 Ewing Rd, Moon, PA 15108) by former Steelers running back Rocky Bleier, Allegheny County Councilman Tom Baker, and other dignitaries for the official ground breaking of the new Miracle League Field and playground. 

Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is partnering with the Miracle League of Moon Township to build the new Miracle League of Moon Township at People's Park Miracle League Field, adaptive playground and ADA restroom facility in Moon Twp. Pa.   
The project is designed to promote inclusive, healthy environments for persons living with disabilities in Moon Township and the surrounding communities and is being made possible by a partnership of community leaders, including Pirates Charities, People's Gas, Robert Morris University, Edgar Snyder and Associates, the Buncher Foundation, Edith Trees Trust, RB Vetco and Acme Door and Hardware. 

On Wednesday, October 24 at 3:30 p.m., the Pirates, and many of the above partners, will be joined at the project site (Moon Park 1350 Ewing Rd, Moon, PA 15108) by former Steelers running back Rocky Bleier, Allegheny County Councilman Tom Baker, and other dignitaries for the official ground breaking of the new Miracle League Field and playground. 

Construction of the project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2019 and will include a Miracle League athletic field for athletes with special needs; a 9,500 square foot custom, adaptive playground; and a fully ADA accessible restroom facility.   

The field, which is the seventh in the tri-state region in which Pirates Charities has played a vital role in constructing, will allow persons with special needs to realize their dream of playing baseball, many of them for the very first time. As important, children and adults will now have the opportunity to develop relationships with their peers and coaches while playing on their very own field.   

Each Miracle League Field supported by Pirates Charities is made of a synthetic surface with no raised areas, to make it possible for children and adults in wheelchairs and walkers to safely move about the field. The fields feature accessible dugouts as well as new electronic scoreboards.  

"The Miracle League programs are very special to the Pirates and Pirates Charities and each time we are afforded the opportunity to assist in the construction of a new facility, we take a great amount of pride in being able to help," said Bob Nutting, Pirates and Pirates Charities Chairman. "This project will allow hundreds of children and adults in the area the chance to experience the great game of baseball while developing relationships with others in their community. It is incredibly rewarding for our organization to see the growth of the Miracle League in our region and to know that many children who would otherwise not be able to play baseball now have fields of their own."

Located in Moon Park, the Miracle League Field will complement the existing Miracle League fields in the Pittsburgh region and focus on players from areas such as Montour, West Allegheny, Moon, Sewickley, Weirton, Steubenville, Beaver County and surrounding communities. 

"Social capital, confidence and personal worth are the keys to improving our society and this project will provide an opportunity for all children to make our future better," said Mike Magulick, Miracle League of Moon Township president. "The board is proud to help lead the development of the project. We are excited to provide a platform for the amazing athletes to play in front of family, friends and the community. These athletes spend countless hours in therapy learning skills and milestones most others reach with ease and soon the athletes will be able to show their skills. We hope the community is ready to support and cheer because soon dedicated athletes will be playing on the playground and Miracle Field creating miracles in Moon." 

Since 2009, Pirates Charities has donated more than $1.3 Million in support of 10 Miracle Leagues throughout the areas in which the team has a footprint. Pirates Charities has played a vital role in the construction of seven Miracle League Fields, including the region's first field in Cranberry Township, Pa. Since 2009, fields in Upper St. Clair, Murrysville, Indiana County, Wheeling, WV, DuBois and in the Pirates spring home in Bradenton, Fla have been opened and are operational today.  

More than 250 Miracle League organizations operate across the country with the goal of empowering children and adults challenged by any form of special need to experience the joys and thrills of baseball regardless of their ability to play. The Miracle League, whose motto is "Every child deserves a chance to play baseball," allows for each player to bat once each inning and that all batters are "safe" and score a run before the inning is over. Games are two innings long and each team and each player always win.   

Integral to the Miracle League concept is the "Buddy System." Buddies assist all Miracle League players, and are volunteers from youth baseball organizations, local civic and community groups, and individuals with an interest in helping children with special needs.   

The Miracle League of Moon Township will implement a "buddy system" that is comprised predominantly of high school students who will mentor the athletes and help with participation in the recreational activities. Relative to the buddy system, the organization has established a junior board for high school students, to provide a leadership role in the league.  

For more information on the Miracle League of Moon Township, including project updates and fundraising information, visit miraclesinmoon.org.   

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Update on Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove

After recent reexaminations determined there was less than the desired amount of clinical healing, the decision was made that surgery was the most prudent path to optimal health for the 2019 season. 
 
Surgery to repair the abdominal wall and to help the stress reaction heal was performed today by Dr. Craig Smith in Los Angeles, CA.  
 
A typical recovery timeframe from this type of surgery that would allow an athlete to participate in full off-season training activities is approximately six weeks. We anticipate Joe will be on or close to a regular schedule for 2019 Major League Spring Training.
 

After recent reexaminations determined there was less than the desired amount of clinical healing, the decision was made that surgery was the most prudent path to optimal health for the 2019 season. 
 
Surgery to repair the abdominal wall and to help the stress reaction heal was performed today by Dr. Craig Smith in Los Angeles, CA.  
 
A typical recovery timeframe from this type of surgery that would allow an athlete to participate in full off-season training activities is approximately six weeks. We anticipate Joe will be on or close to a regular schedule for 2019 Major League Spring Training.
 

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Edgar Santana undergoes elbow surgery

Edgar Santana underwent right elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstructive surgery Thursday in Gulf Breeze, Florida, by Dr. James Andrews. The typical recovery time in returning to Major League competition is 14-to-16 months.

Edgar Santana underwent right elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstructive surgery Thursday in Gulf Breeze, Florida, by Dr. James Andrews. The typical recovery time in returning to Major League competition is 14-to-16 months.

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Pirates announce 2019 Spring Training ticket information

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the 2019 Spring Training ticket information for games to be played at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Last month, the Pirates announced the 2019 Spring Training schedule and home game times for their 51st spring season in Bradenton.  

The Pirates home schedule begins on Sunday, February 24, as the team hosts the Miami Marlins at 1:05 p.m. at LECOM Park. The 15-game home schedule also includes games with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and more. The Pirates will also host a night game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, March 15, at 6:05 p.m.  

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the 2019 Spring Training ticket information for games to be played at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Last month, the Pirates announced the 2019 Spring Training schedule and home game times for their 51st spring season in Bradenton.  

The Pirates home schedule begins on Sunday, February 24, as the team hosts the Miami Marlins at 1:05 p.m. at LECOM Park. The 15-game home schedule also includes games with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and more. The Pirates will also host a night game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, March 15, at 6:05 p.m.  

Fans can find more information at https://www.mlb.com/pirates/tickets/spring-training

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Pirates coaching staff changes

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that Hitting Coach Jeff Branson and Assistant Hitting Coach Jeff Livesey will not be returning as Major League Coaches in 2019. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle.
 
Both Branson and Livesey spent the last five years with the Major League club (2014-2018).

"We appreciate all of the time, energy and effort that Jeff and Jeff put into the team," said Huntington. "Both are high-character, hard-working, good baseball men. We felt that this was the right time to take our Major League hitting program in a different direction."

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that Hitting Coach Jeff Branson and Assistant Hitting Coach Jeff Livesey will not be returning as Major League Coaches in 2019. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle.
 
Both Branson and Livesey spent the last five years with the Major League club (2014-2018).

"We appreciate all of the time, energy and effort that Jeff and Jeff put into the team," said Huntington. "Both are high-character, hard-working, good baseball men. We felt that this was the right time to take our Major League hitting program in a different direction."

No additional changes to the Major League coaching staff are expected.
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates announce traffic, parking and gate policy information in preparation for the Ed Sheeran concert at PNC Park

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced traffic, parking and gate policy information in connection with the Ed Sheeran concert hosted at PNC Park this Saturday, September 29. All gates open to the general public at 5:30 p.m.

Road Closures

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced traffic, parking and gate policy information in connection with the Ed Sheeran concert hosted at PNC Park this Saturday, September 29. All gates open to the general public at 5:30 p.m.

Road Closures

• The North Shore Drive from Tony Dorsett Drive to Mazeroski Way and Mazeroski Way from North Shore Drive to West General Robinson will remain closed to traffic until 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 30.

• The Clemente Bridge and Federal Street will be closed on Saturday, September 29, starting at 10 a.m. • Allegheny Avenue south of Reedsdale Street and Dorsett Drive south of Reedsdale Street may be closed by Police prior to 6 p.m. and at various other times as dictated by traffic. North Shore Parking All lots on the North Shore will open at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Absolutely no queuing of vehicles will be permitted prior to lots opening. Alco Parking Corporation is committed to creating an enjoyable parking experience for all fans. To provide visitors the safest and most enjoyable tailgating experience, all guests are asked to be aware of the following PARKING LOT CODE OF CONDUCT. Guests must follow the directions of parking lot staff and park within the space designated for personal use. Extra spaces WILL NOT BE SOLD. Tailgating is to be contained to the paid space only.

• Solicitation, commercial or otherwise, is prohibited.

• The sale of food and alcohol is prohibited.

• Glass containers are prohibited.

• Tents are prohibited.

• Personal port-a-johns are prohibited.

• Furniture is prohibited (other than folding lawn chairs & tables).

• Limos, RVs, motorhomes and any other oversized vehicles are prohibited.

• Guests must comply with city police who will patrol all parking areas to keep the aisles clear and to enforce regulations.

• Guests will be asked to go into the concert no later than 8 p.m.

• Guests are asked to leave the parking areas no later than 1 hour following the end of the concert. Guests are responsible for their conduct. Failure to comply with the parking lot code of conduct will result in immediate City of Pittsburgh Police intervention.

All guests entering the North Shore lots will be provided with trash and recycling bags and are asked to please place all trash and recycling in the provided bags. Additional trash bins will be available in lots for guests to dispose of their trash.

Alternative Parking

Fans not holding Pre-Sold parking passes and arriving after 7 p.m., are encouraged to park in the Golden Triangle. Parking in the Golden Triangle is available for the concert for just $5 in the Parking Authority Garages. Check for space availability via iPhone (ParkPGH); Mobile (m.parkpgh.org); SMS/Text and Voice (412-423-8980).

Concert goers can utilize the free "T" service offered by the Port Authority from the four Golden Triangle stations, as well as the Allegheny Station outside of Heinz Field, to the North Side Station just outside of PNC Park's Peoples Gas Home Plate Gate. To accommodate the increased traffic, the "T" will utilize additional trains throughout the evening and riders are reminded there are no open containers permitted on the trains.

Other available parking includes:

• Station Square and ride the Gateway Clipper Shuttles - The Gateway Clipper will take fans directly to PNC Park from this location. Children six-years-of-age and under are free.

• South Hills "T" Lots (for FREE) and ride the "T" to the North Side "T" Station just outside of PNC Park's Peoples Gas Home Plate Gate.

• Parking west of Allegheny Avenue includes the:

o Carnegie Science Lots;

o Ridge Avenue Lots;

o Fulton Avenue Lot (This lot is located on the north side of the West End Bridge);

o Rivers Casino Garage (Due to Rivers Casino policy, everyone in the vehicle must be 21 years or older to enter the garage).

• Nova Center (Allegheny Center)

PNC Park Gate Policy

Concert ticket holders looking for dining prior to the Ed Sheeran concert can now make reservations at the PNC Park Jim Beam Left Field Lounge, the lounge will open at 5 p.m., 30 minutes prior to all gates at PNC Park opening at 5:30 p.m. Large bags or backpacks of any kind will not be allowed inside the ballpark, with the exception of small personal bags such as a purse, clutch, medical supply and baby bags. All bags will be subject to search upon entering the ballpark.

Concert goers will not be permitted to bring bottles, cans, plastic containers, coolers or any food or beverage items into the ballpark. Cameras, recording devices, laser pens, fireworks or weapons of any kind will also not be allowed into the ballpark.

Tickets and Tour Merchandise

Guests are reminded to only purchase concert tickets from authorized ticket dealers; only authorized tickets will be honored for the concert. Official artist and tour merchandise will be available both outside and inside the ballpark. Once guests have entered PNC Park they will not be permitted to leave the ballpark and re-enter.

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Pirates-Marlins makeup game for October 1 cancelled

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that its September 9 game against the Marlins at PNC Park that was postponed due to rain and rescheduled for October 1 has now been cancelled. With the Pirates' elimination from the Wild Card race, the game no longer has Postseason implications. 

Fans still holding tickets from the September 9 game can exchange them for any April or May home game in 2019, excluding the Home Opener on April 1 vs. St. Louis. For more information, visit pirates.com/raincheck

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that its September 9 game against the Marlins at PNC Park that was postponed due to rain and rescheduled for October 1 has now been cancelled. With the Pirates' elimination from the Wild Card race, the game no longer has Postseason implications. 

Fans still holding tickets from the September 9 game can exchange them for any April or May home game in 2019, excluding the Home Opener on April 1 vs. St. Louis. For more information, visit pirates.com/raincheck

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Pirates announce 2018 Pirates Community Commitment Program Award winners

Pirates Minor Leaguers to be Recognized in a Pregame Ceremony at PNC Park

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the nine winners of the 11th annual Pirates Community Commitment Program (PCCP) award. The 2018 award recipients were recognized by the organization before tonight's game in a pregame on-field ceremony at PNC Park.

Each year, the Pirates acknowledge players from each of their minor league affiliates as the recipients of the organization's annual PCCP Awards. This program encourages players throughout the Pirates' system to emulate Roberto Clemente's legacy of community service.

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the nine winners of the 11th annual Pirates Community Commitment Program (PCCP) award. The 2018 award recipients were recognized by the organization before tonight's game in a pregame on-field ceremony at PNC Park.

Each year, the Pirates acknowledge players from each of their minor league affiliates as the recipients of the organization's annual PCCP Awards. This program encourages players throughout the Pirates' system to emulate Roberto Clemente's legacy of community service.

The PCCP award recipients are quality individuals on and off the field who have completed countless hours of community service, demonstrated leadership of community involvement among teammates, and has gone above and beyond the normal requirements while participating in the Pirates Community Commitment Program.

Over 28,000 hours of community service have been performed by Pirates players throughout the organization since the program was implemented in 2008. Each player has completed a minimum of 10 hours of community service in their respective affiliate's community during this season.

The Pirates minor league players receiving this year's PCCP awards include:
• Ryan Lavarnway, Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
• Brett Helton, Altoona Curve (AA)
• James Marvel, Bradenton Marauders (High-A)
• Ryan Peurifoy, West Virginia Power (Low-A)
• Mike LoPresti, West Virginia Black Bears (Short Season-A)
• Francisco Mepris, Bristol Pirates (Rookie League)
• John Lantigua, Gulf Coast League Pirates (Rookie League)
• Mariano Dotel and Jesus Valles, Dominican Summer League Pirates

For more information about Pirates Charities please visit pirates.com/piratescharities.

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J.T. Brubaker named Minor League Pitcher of the Year and Ke'Bryan Hayes named Minor League Player of the Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates today named right-handed pitcher J.T. Brubaker their Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year and infielder Ke'Bryan Hayes their Minor League Player-of-the-Year. The announcement was made by Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Larry Broadway.  

The 24-year-old Brubaker posted a combined record of 10-6 with a 2.81 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 28 starts between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis in 2018. He led all Pirates minor leaguers with his 2.81 ERA and ranked second in strikeouts. P

The Pittsburgh Pirates today named right-handed pitcher J.T. Brubaker their Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year and infielder Ke'Bryan Hayes their Minor League Player-of-the-Year. The announcement was made by Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Larry Broadway.  

The 24-year-old Brubaker posted a combined record of 10-6 with a 2.81 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 28 starts between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis in 2018. He led all Pirates minor leaguers with his 2.81 ERA and ranked second in strikeouts. P

ittsburgh's sixth round selection in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, Brubaker posted a 1.80 ERA in six starts with Altoona before being promoted to Triple-A, where he went 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA in his final 10 starts. His 3.10 ERA with Indianapolis ranked seventh among all International League pitchers.  

"J.T. had a tremendous season, improving in virtually every category while logging more innings and pitching against the highest level of minor league competition," said Broadway. "He consistently put his team in a position to win every time he took the mound and his level of improvement from 2017 to 2018 was remarkable. As an organization, we are very proud of J.T. and he very deserving of this award."

Hayes spent the entire 2018 season with Altoona, where he hit .293 with 31 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs and 47 RBI in 117 games. For his efforts, Hayes was selected to the Eastern League's mid- and post-season All-Star teams.  

The 20-year-old Hayes represented the Pittsburgh organization at this year's All-Star Futures Game, where he started for the U.S. Team at third base and went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning.  

Hayes, who was Pittsburgh's supplemental first round selection (32nd pick overall) in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, finished tied for first in the Eastern League with seven triples, and ranked fourth with 31 doubles, eighth with 45 extra base hits and ninth with a .293 average.  

In addition, Hayes led all minor league third basemen with a .978 fielding percentage while also leading all Eastern League third basemen with 116 games, 278 total chances, 72 putouts and 29 double plays.  

"Ke'Bryan continued his impressive defensive skills at third base in 2018, proving that his 2017 Rawlings Gold Glove award was no fluke," said Broadway. "Equally as impressive as his glove work was the offensive improvements he made this year, setting career highs in games, home runs, doubles, triples, hits and walks. Ke'Bryan truly deserves this award and we are very proud of the work that he has put in to get him to where he is at today."  

Hayes is currently rated by MLBPipeline as the 52nd-best prospect in all of baseball, the fifth-best prospect among all third basemen and the second-best prospect in Pittsburgh's minor league system.

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Pirates and Greensboro Grasshoppers announce two-year player development contract

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced a two-year player development contract with the Greensboro Grasshoppers that will run through the 2020 season. The announcement was made by Pirates Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington and Pirates Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Larry Broadway. 
 
"We are extremely excited to begin a new relationship with the Greensboro Grasshoppers franchise," said Broadway. "It is a first-class operation that plays in a first-class facility in front of a first-class fan base. We are looking forward to the player development opportunities that this new partnership will present. We are also looking forward to becoming entrenched in the greater Greensboro community by, among many other connections, bringing our Pirates Community Commitment Program in to ensure that help our players impact the community in a positive way." 
 
The Grasshoppers, who have led the South Atlantic League in attendance the last two seasons, play at First National Bank Field in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. The state-of-the-art facility features a 30' wide, open-air concourse, 36 concession points of sale, the Grandstand outdoor sports bar, a kid-safe play park and numerous amenities. In addition to serving as the home of the Grasshoppers, the ballpark also plays host to numerous additional events each year, including the ACC Baseball Tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2014. 
 
The Pirates had been affiliated in the South Atlantic League with the West Virginia Power since 2009, receiving tremendous support from the Charleston West Virginia community and the Power's leadership team.

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced a two-year player development contract with the Greensboro Grasshoppers that will run through the 2020 season. The announcement was made by Pirates Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington and Pirates Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Larry Broadway. 
 
"We are extremely excited to begin a new relationship with the Greensboro Grasshoppers franchise," said Broadway. "It is a first-class operation that plays in a first-class facility in front of a first-class fan base. We are looking forward to the player development opportunities that this new partnership will present. We are also looking forward to becoming entrenched in the greater Greensboro community by, among many other connections, bringing our Pirates Community Commitment Program in to ensure that help our players impact the community in a positive way." 
 
The Grasshoppers, who have led the South Atlantic League in attendance the last two seasons, play at First National Bank Field in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. The state-of-the-art facility features a 30' wide, open-air concourse, 36 concession points of sale, the Grandstand outdoor sports bar, a kid-safe play park and numerous amenities. In addition to serving as the home of the Grasshoppers, the ballpark also plays host to numerous additional events each year, including the ACC Baseball Tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2014. 
 
The Pirates had been affiliated in the South Atlantic League with the West Virginia Power since 2009, receiving tremendous support from the Charleston West Virginia community and the Power's leadership team.

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Pirates Charities announces "Fields for Kids" grant recipients for 2018

Grants impact more than 9,100 youth in three states

Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, today announced the recipients of the "Fields for Kids" matching grant program for the entire 2018 season. Members of area nonprofits that have benefited this year will be recognized tonight in an on-field pregame ceremony at PNC Park.  

The Fields for Kids program is one of Pirates Charities' signature programs and provides financial support to improve youth baseball and/or softball facilities through matching grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.   

Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, today announced the recipients of the "Fields for Kids" matching grant program for the entire 2018 season. Members of area nonprofits that have benefited this year will be recognized tonight in an on-field pregame ceremony at PNC Park.  

The Fields for Kids program is one of Pirates Charities' signature programs and provides financial support to improve youth baseball and/or softball facilities through matching grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.   

A total of 34 youth baseball and softball organizations serving over 9,100 youth located throughout three states are impacted by the 2018 grants. Groups in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia were awarded funds to help ensure their programs continue to thrive. In 2018, Pirates Charities distributed the 34 grants over two grant cycles (Spring and Fall) with 22 grants between $1,000 and $5,000 being awarded to area nonprofits, 11 grants of between $5,000 and $10,000 distributed, and one $25,000 grant awarded. 

The positive impact of the grants can be seen throughout western Pennsylvania as 29 of the grants have been awarded over 15 counties in the state, with the remaining five grants awarded in Ohio (2) and West Virginia (3).   

The largest matching grant received this round was awarded to the New Castle Area School District in Lawrence County. The group received $25,000 to assist with the renovation of a 20,000 square foot indoor training facility for use by all students in the district. The project includes the installation of three batting cages, field turf and more.  

"The Pirates Organization has afforded the children of the New Castle Area School District an opportunity of a lifetime," said Debbie DeBlasio, acting Superintendent of the New Castle School District. "Through the kindness of the organization's donation, the New Castle Area School District students will have a training facility that will be state of the art. The facility will be primarily used as a training center for all of our athletic teams. The support means so much, not only to the school, but to the students this is helping." 

Nearly $110,000 in grants were awarded in the $5,000 to $10,000 range to 11 area organizations including the Bridgeville Athletic Association, in Allegheny County, to assist with flood restoration of a field. In neighboring Beaver County, the Central Valley Youth Baseball Association received help to replace an infield, warning track and irrigation system and more; and the Hopewell Youth Baseball Association, will receive assistance for a field lighting project for a field used by nearly 300 boys and girls. 

In Crawford County, the City of Titusville received a $10,000 grant to assist with fence replacement, field leveling and the installation of a scoreboard. In Erie County, the Millcreek Youth Athletic Association was awarded a grant to rebuild dugouts and retaining walls, install drainage, replace dirt, grass, a shed and gate, as well as field grading. Over 1,000 boys and girls participate in this program.   

In Indiana County, two organizations received grants totaling $19,500 as Clymer Little League and Homer City Area Athletic Boosters Club each were awarded grants for fencing, drainage, backstops, benches and more. In Fayette County, South Union Township serves over 350 boys and girls and received assistance with backstop reconstruction, as well as installation of a retaining wall and fencing. 

In Westmoreland County, the Burrell Baseball Association received help to replace a pitching mound and batting cage netting; and in Venango County, the Franklin Little League received a grant to build fencing that will help protect players and spectators.   

In Ohio's Trumbull County, the Newton Falls Youth Baseball and Softball League received a $10,000 grant to help repair and replace fencing on five fields, construct a concession stand, rebuild a dugout, remove trees and repair lighting.  

The remainder of the Fields for Kids matching grants awarded throughout the two grant cycles are in the amounts of $1,000 to $5,000. This season there were 22 of these grants awarded in 15 counties and they include: 

Pennsylvania

o Allegheny County:  
§ Bethel Park Girls Softball Association
§ Brentwood Athletic Association
§ Elizabeth Forward Youth Athletics
§ Kennedy Girls Softball, Inc.
§ Mount Lebanon Girls Softball Association § Natrona Heights Baseball Softball Association, Inc

o Armstrong County: Leechburg Area School District '
o Cambria County:  
§ Coaches4Kids Foundation
§ VE Arbutas Youth Softball and Baseball League

o Fayette County: North Union Township
o Greene County: Charmichael High School Softball  
o Lawrence County: Shenango Athletic Association
o Mercer County:  
§ Reynolds Rebels Fastpitch Softball
§ Mercer Girls Fastpitch Summer League

o Somerset County: Berlin Youth Baseball and Softball League
o Washington County:  
§ Burgettstown Area Youth Baseball League
§ Union Finley Athletic Association

o Westmoreland County: Central Hempfield Baseball Softball 

• West Virginia

o Doddridge County: Doddridge County Parks
o Hancock County: Weirton Baseball Association
o Monongalia County: City of Morgantown 

• Ohio

o Jefferson County: Toronto City School District 

Grant funds may be used for the upgrading of essential field components such as sod, infield playing surfaces, fencing, dugouts and irrigation systems. Upgrades to the overall facility, including lights, bleachers, scoreboards and concession stands are also eligible.  

Since the Fields for Kids program's inception in 2009, 326 individual grants have been distributed in the greater Pittsburgh region, in addition to 44 grants in the Pirates Spring Training Home of Bradenton, Florida since the program began there in 2011. To find out more information, including a downloadable application, please visit pirates.com/piratescharities.  

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Pirates Homestand Highlights: Monday, September 17 - Sunday, September 23, 2018

Pirates return to PNC Park for the 12th and final time in 2018

The Pirates return to PNC Park for the 12th and final homestand of the season, a six-game stop vs the Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers.

The homestand is highlighted by the Pirates and PNC teaming up to present Fan Appreciation Week. Each day, the Pirates will partner with PNC Bank to make a difference in the community and give back to Pirates fans throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. 

The Pirates return to PNC Park for the 12th and final homestand of the season, a six-game stop vs the Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers.

The homestand is highlighted by the Pirates and PNC teaming up to present Fan Appreciation Week. Each day, the Pirates will partner with PNC Bank to make a difference in the community and give back to Pirates fans throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. 

You Score as the Bucs Score Promo: The Pirates ran a special "You Score as the Bucs Score" promotional offer during the three-game series in Milwaukee from September 14-16 as a special thank you to our fans for the support shown throughout the 2018 season. For every run the Buccos scored, fans received $1 off ticket prices for the entire final homestand. The Pirates scored 10 total runs this past weekend, so thanks to the promotion, fans can purchase tickets for at a $10 discount at pirates.com/YouScore.

Monday, September 17, 2018 -- Pirates vs. Kansas City Royals (7:05 p.m.)
•    Fan Appreciation Week Happenings:
o    Teacher Appreciation Night: In recognition of their tireless work throughout the year, the Pirates and PNC partnered to offer 2,500 area educators two free tickets to tonight's game.  
o    Row of the Game: Tonight, one lucky row will be chosen to receive $25 Pirates gift cards as part of our Fan Appreciation Week.
o    Pregame Check Ceremonies
    Pirates Charities will donate $5,000 to DonorsChoose.org. DonorChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and donors can give any amount to the project that inspires them.
    PNC's Grow Up Great will donate $5,000 to Allegheny Intermediate Unit Head Start teacher Elizabeth Matesich to assist with school supplies. In addition, Matesich will toss out a first pitch before tonight's game. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 -- Pirates vs. Kansas City Royals (7:05 p.m.)
•    Fan Appreciation Week Happenings
o    Youth Baseball and Softball Night: In celebration of area baseball and softball, the Pirates and PNC partnered to offer 2,500 area youth baseball and softball players and coaches two free tickets to tonight's game.  
o   Row of the Game: Tonight, one lucky row will be chosen to receive $25 Pirates gift cards as part of our Fan Appreciation Week.
o    Pregame Check Ceremonies:
    Teams of the Game: The Pirates Charities 2018 Fields for Kids grant recipients will be honored during a pregame ceremony. This season, Pirates Charities distributed 34 grants, impacting 20 counties over three states through the Fields for Kids program.  
    Pirates Charities and PNC will partner to donate $20,000 to the Humane Animal Rescue to assist them with securing heated surgical tables.  
•    Pups in the Park: Fans can enjoy Bucco baseball with their pooch as the Pirates host one of 11 Pup Nights, presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish, at PNC Park. Each ticket package (1 person & 1 dog) costs just $36 with additional human tickets available for $36 each. As part of tonight's Fan Appreciation Week, PNC will distribute special Pup Night bandanas to all Pup Night participants. A portion of the proceeds benefit local animal shelters and seats are limited and subject to availability. For complete information, visit pirates.com/pups. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 -- Pirates vs. Kansas City Royals (7:05 p.m.)
•    Fan Appreciation Week Happenings:
o    Military Appreciation Night: In recognition of their service to our country, the Pirates and PNC partnered to offer 2,500 area military personnel and veterans two free tickets to tonight's game.
o    Row of the Game: Tonight, one lucky row will be chosen to receive $25 Pirates gift cards as part of our Fan Appreciation Week.
o    50/50 Raffle: Today's Pirates Charities 50/50 Raffle, supported by Rivers Casino, will benefit Operation Troop Appreciation.
o   Pregame Ceremonies:
   Pirates Charities and PNC will participate in a special pregame ceremony with a local veteran. 
•    Wine Night: Tonight is a Wine Tasting Night at PNC Park. For just $70 fans receive a ticket in a luxury suite, an invite to a pregame wine tasting in Club 3000, and more. For complete information and to order tickets visit pirates.com/winenights.

Thursday, September 20, 2018 -- Off Day 
•    Fan Appreciation Week Happenings:
o   Today, Pirates Charities and PNC will partner on a sports activity cart assembly event at PNC Tower from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pirates players and alumni will be in attendance to assist with assembly of the sports activity carts that will be donated to local schools.  

Friday, September 21, 2018 -- Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:05 p.m.)  
•    Fan Appreciation Week Happenings:
o    First Responders Night: In recognition of their service to our communities, the Pirates and PNC partnered to offer 2,500 area first responders two free tickets to tonight's game.
o    Row of the Game: Tonight, one lucky row will be chosen to receive $25 Pirates gift cards as part of our Fan Appreciation Week.
o    Pregame Ceremonies:
    First Pitch: Tonight, in celebration of First Responders Appreciation Night, the Pirates will welcome Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert; Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones; and Pittsburgh EMS Chief Bob Farrow, who recently retired after 43 years of service, as the three will join together in a pregame ceremony and throw out the game-time first pitch.
•    Pirates Community Commitment Program: Tonight, the Pirates will recognize one player from each of the team's minor league affiliates as the recipients of the organization's annual Pirates Community Commitment Program awards in an on-field pregame ceremony. The Community Commitment Program encourages players throughout the Pirates system to emulate Roberto Clemente's legacy of community service. 
•    Kids Marte Jersey: Today, all kids ages 14 and younger, with paid admission, will receive a Starling Marte replica Pirates Sunday gold jersey, presented by Chevrolet.
•    Zambelli Fireworks Night: Fans are encouraged to stay in their seats immediately following the game and enjoy an amazing Zambelli Fireworks International fireworks display.
•    Miller Lite Happy Hour: Tonight, the Pirates will host a special Happy Hour, presented by Miller Lite, at the Crow's Nest Bar from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Visit the Crow's Nest Bar for live music and half-priced cans of Miller Lite, Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy and Blue Moon. 
•    University Night with Duquesne University: Tonight, the Pirates will host University Night with Duquesne University. All fans who purchase University Night tickets will receive a ticket in one of two special sections and a Pirates/Duquesne hat. For complete information and a list of the 2018 University Nights, visit pirates.com/universitynights.
•    Spirits Night: Join us for a 90-minute pregame spirits tasting tonight at PNC Park. Fans will have the opportunity to taste a variety of fine spirits and learn more about the history and characteristics of the drinks. For just $85 fans receive a ticket in a luxury suite, an invite to a pregame spirit tasting in Club 3000, and more. For complete information and to order tickets visit pirates.com/spirits.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 -- Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:05 p.m.)
•    Hampton Fields for Kids Event: Pirates Charities, in partnership with Hampton Athletic Association, will participate in the Grand Opening of three newly renovated fields at Hampton Community Park at 11 a.m. The Association will be dedicating newly constructed dugouts in memory of beloved coach Skip Palmer as well as two young players from the association who passed away from cancer. In 2017, Pirates Charities contributed a matching grant of $25,000 to the project through the Fields for Kids program. Minor League players, recipients of the Pirates Community Commitment Program awards, will be in attendance as well as the Pirate Parrot.
•    Fan Appreciation Week Happenings:
o    Nurses/Caregivers Appreciation Night: In recognition of their hard work and dedication, the Pirates and PNC partnered to offer 2,500 area nurses and caregivers two free tickets to tonight's game.
o    Row of the Game: Tonight, one lucky row will be chosen to receive $25 Pirates gift cards as part of our Fan Appreciation Week.
o    Childhood Cancer Awareness Night: For the third consecutive year, MLB and its Clubs will raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer by having all Major League players, coaches, umpires and grounds crew wear gold ribbon decals and wristbands.
o    Childhood Cancer Celebrity Head-Shaving: The Pirates & Sport Clips present the "2018 BaseBALD Challenge", helping the St. Baldrick's Foundation conquer childhood cancers by hosting a pregame head shaving event with players, coaches and front office employees. For every head shaved, Pirates Charities will donate to St. Baldrick's Foundation. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the PNC Park Press Conference Room.
o    Superheroes: Tonight, Pirates Charities pediatric cancer guests will be recognized on-field during a pregame ceremony and will be given their very own Pirates superhero cape, by a member of the team, to assist them in their fight. Superheroes and their families will enjoy the game from our World Series Suites, courtesy of PNC, and will enjoy a dinner fit for a superhero, custom-created for them by Levy Cares.
•    Pirates Oktoberfest Stein: Tonight, the first 20,000 fans with paid admission will receive a Pirates Oktoberfest stein.
•    Carnival and Block Party on Federal St: Today on Federal Street from 2 p.m. to first pitch, the Pirates will host a special pregame carnival for all fans in addition to the Saturday Jim Beam Block Party. Fans are invited to come down early to join us before today's game for Pirates Carnival with games, prizes and more. In addition, the party on the street will include food and beer sales along with live music featuring Autobahn. Pirates alumni Steve Blass, John Candelaria, Doug Drabek, Bob Robertson and Grant Jackson will sign autographs beginning at 2 p.m. at the Leinenkugel Bar that will be located on Federal Street.
•    Season Ticket Holder Prize Locker: Tonight, the Pirates will host the second annual Pirates Prize Locker in the Picnic Park from 2 p.m. through the end of the game for Season Ticket Holders who have renewed their plans or who renew today. The Prize Locker is full of great promo items such as bobbleheads, tees and more.

Sunday, September 23, 2018 -- Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1:35 p.m.) -- Kids Day
•    Brunch with Clint: Pirates Charities and Manager Clint Hurdle will host members of the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association's PA chapter for a pregame brunch, entertainment and meet and greet in PNC Park's Press Conference Room at 11:15 a.m. The participants will enjoy brunch, balloon artists, caricatures, games and more before they watch the afternoon game.
•    Fan Appreciation Week Happenings:
o    Fan Appreciation Day: Throughout today's game, prizes will be given out to select ticket holders as part of the Pirates Fan Appreciation Day. Prizes include gift cards, 2019 Pirates season tickets and more. In addition, the Pirates will be announcing seat locations of fans throughout the game who have been chosen for the opportunity to go onto the field post-game and receive a game-worn jersey autographed by a Pirates player.
o    Shred Hate: Today, the Pirates will host 50 students and teachers from each of the 23 Shred-Hate schools throughout the Pittsburgh area and recognize the group in a pregame on-field ceremony. Shred-Hate is an initiative supported by MLB, ESPN and the X Games, designed to address bullying within the schools. Pirates Charities is proud to sponsor this program along with the Pittsburgh Public Schools for the 2018/2019 school year. Before entering the ballpark, each student and teacher will receive a Pirates/Shred Hate wrist band and will be entered into a drawing for prizes, courtesy of the Pirates and PNC.  
•    Kids Day: Come down early and join the fun as the #1 Cochran Family Fun Zone will be open on Federal Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lined up outside PNC Park will be inflatable rides, face painting, information about the Bucaroos Kids Club, presented by Chick-fil-A and more.
•    Pirates Kids Knit Hat: Today, all kids ages 14 and younger, with paid admission, will receive a Pirates 'Play Ball' knit cap, presented by Chevy.
•    Kids Run the Bases: Kids attending today's game are invited to stick around after to run the bases on the field at PNC Park with the Kids Run the Bases, presented by Rivendale.
•    University Night with Slippery Rock University: Tonight, the Pirates will host University Night with Slippery Rock University. All fans who purchase University Night tickets will receive a ticket in one of two special sections and a Pirates/SRU hat. For complete information, visit pirates.com/universitynights.
•    Bucs Battle Bullying: The Pirates will host the second annual Bucs Battle Bullying Night at PNC Park. Come out and watch the Pirates take on the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, September 23 while raising awareness for anti-bullying initiatives. The first 1,000 ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to go on the field at PNC Park to be recognized during a special pre-game salute to those fighting bullying in schools and the community! A portion of all ticket proceeds purchased from pirates.com/bucsbattlebullying will be donated to local anti-bullying initiatives.

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Medical update on Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl

Chad Kuhl was unable to throw his scheduled side session earlier this week. He is scheduled to be re-examined by Dr. David Altchek next week.

Chad Kuhl was unable to throw his scheduled side session earlier this week. He is scheduled to be re-examined by Dr. David Altchek next week.

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Medical update on Gregory Polanco

Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco underwent left shoulder surgery by Dr. David Altchek at HSS in New York on Wednesday, September 12.

The surgery performed was to repair the labrum and regain stabilization of the shoulder after the acute dislocation that he sustained during the game on September 7.

Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco underwent left shoulder surgery by Dr. David Altchek at HSS in New York on Wednesday, September 12.

The surgery performed was to repair the labrum and regain stabilization of the shoulder after the acute dislocation that he sustained during the game on September 7.

Typically players return to Major League competition in approximately seven-to-nine months following this type of surgery.

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Gregory Polanco medical update

Outfielder Gregory Polanco was examined today by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Dr. Altchek's examination confirmed the initial assessment of an acute shoulder dislocation as a result of Polanco's slide into second base last Friday, September 7.

Outfielder Gregory Polanco was examined today by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Dr. Altchek's examination confirmed the initial assessment of an acute shoulder dislocation as a result of Polanco's slide into second base last Friday, September 7.

Left shoulder surgery has been recommended to stabilize the shoulder and Gregory is currently in the process of that surgery.

We will provide additional details of the surgical procedure with an estimated recovery at the appropriate time.

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