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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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Pirates-Marlins Sunday, September 9, game postponed

September 9's game between the Pirates and Miami Marlins has been postponed due to inclement weather expected throughout the entire day Sunday. The game is rescheduled to be played on Monday, October 1, at a time to be determined.

Fans holding tickets for today's game can exchange them for any remaining home game during the 2018 season or 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 scheduled Sunday Kids Day giveaway of a Starling Marte jersey, presented by Chevy, will now be given away to all children 14 years-old or younger in attendance for the Pirates game on Friday, September 21 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

September 9's game between the Pirates and Miami Marlins has been postponed due to inclement weather expected throughout the entire day Sunday. The game is rescheduled to be played on Monday, October 1, at a time to be determined.

Fans holding tickets for today's game can exchange them for any remaining home game during the 2018 season or 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 scheduled Sunday Kids Day giveaway of a Starling Marte jersey, presented by Chevy, will now be given away to all children 14 years-old or younger in attendance for the Pirates game on Friday, September 21 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Update On Pirates Outfielder Gregory Polanco

Gregory Polanco sustained injuries to both his left knee and his left shoulder during the game Friday night that will cause him to miss the remainder of the 2018 season. He sustained a significant bone bruise in his left knee that will require approximately six-to-eight weeks of rest and rehabilitation. Gregory also injured his left shoulder on the same play. The Pirates are in the process of coordinating a second opinion to help determine the best course of treatment. The team will provide additional information as appropriate.

Gregory Polanco sustained injuries to both his left knee and his left shoulder during the game Friday night that will cause him to miss the remainder of the 2018 season. He sustained a significant bone bruise in his left knee that will require approximately six-to-eight weeks of rest and rehabilitation. Gregory also injured his left shoulder on the same play. The Pirates are in the process of coordinating a second opinion to help determine the best course of treatment. The team will provide additional information as appropriate.

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Jameson Taillon named Pirates nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award

Major League Baseball today announced that Jameson Taillon was named the Pittsburgh Pirates 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.  

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.  

Major League Baseball today announced that Jameson Taillon was named the Pittsburgh Pirates 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.  

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.  

Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente's achievements and character. Today, Wednesday, September 5, marks the 17th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks.  

Taillon is one of the 30 Club nominees for the annual award.  

Jameson has overcome much adversity throughout his career -- including Tommy John surgery and a sports hernia operation. However, the most difficult test came in May of 2017 as he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He immediately decided to use his personal experience to reach out and help others impacted by the disease. 

Thankfully, five weeks after surgery, Taillon was able to take the mound again and declare that he was cancer-free. Following his experience, he connected immediately with Lending Hearts, a local nonprofit providing emotional and social support to children and young adults with cancer, as well as their families.

Lending Hearts allowed Jameson to combine two of his passions, coffee and supporting those battling cancer, to give back to his community in a tangible way. Jameson partnered with Pittsburgh's Commonplace Coffee Co. and worked directly with the local coffee spot to develop the "Lending Hearts Blend" in which all proceeds of the blend directly benefit Lending Hearts.

He also works with Pirates Charities to continue to support those affected by cancer by taking part in events such as visiting with pediatric cancer patients during Childhood Cancer Awareness night, and participating in the baseBALD challenge. During the baseBALD event, Jameson had his head shaved by a young superhero struggling with a cancer diagnosis himself.  

In addition to his individual cancer supporting efforts, Jameson requested the Miracle League as a beneficiary of the Pirates Charities Clemente Day celebration. Therefore, with Jameson's support, Pirates Charities hosted a Miracle League Fantasy Camp in PNC Park's outfield/bullpen for adult participants from six local Miracle League programs. Pirates players and coaches served as instructors at skill stations as participants rotate through practice stations.

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, who will be announced during the 2018 World Series, will be selected among the group of nominees via a blue-ribbon panel that includes individuals connected to the game. The blue-ribbon panel includes Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., representatives from MLB-affiliated networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN and TBS) and MLB.com, as well as Vera Clemente (the late Roberto's wife & MLB Goodwill Ambassador). Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans can vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award via a dedicated website. The site will feature bios of each of the nominees and will allow fans from Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday, September 5, until Tuesday, September 18. The winner of the fan vote will count as one vote among those cast by the blue-ribbon panel. Fans are encouraged to vote by visiting the following link: mlb.com/clemente21.

The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the "Commissioner's Award." The recognition was renamed to the "Roberto Clemente Award" in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day each September since 2002. 

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Pirates Homestand Highlights Monday, September 3 - Sunday, September 9, 2018

Pirates Return to PNC Park for the 11th Time in 2018

The Pirates return to PNC Park for the 11th homestand of the season, a six-game stop vs the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins.

The homestand is highlighted by the Pirates annual Roberto Clemente Day celebration that will take place on Wednesday, September 5. During the day Pirates players, coaches and staff will visit five area organizations for a day of service projects.

The Pirates return to PNC Park for the 11th homestand of the season, a six-game stop vs the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins.

The homestand is highlighted by the Pirates annual Roberto Clemente Day celebration that will take place on Wednesday, September 5. During the day Pirates players, coaches and staff will visit five area organizations for a day of service projects.

 

Monday, September 3, 2018 - Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds (1:35 p.m.) - Labor Day

  • Byrnes Visit: MLB Network's Eric Byrnes will be here as part of his Triathlon Across America in support of his Let Them Play Foundation. Byrnes' mission is to bring awareness to the dwindling Physical Education programs in public schools across the country. Byrnes began his journey on July 22 by jumping into McCovey Cove in San Francisco, he has since biked 2,344 miles to Chicago and is now running to New York City. Tonight, Byrnes will take part in an on-field pregame check presentation and will toss out an honorary first pitch.

 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:05 p.m.)

  • 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. A portion of the proceeds benefit local animal shelters and seats are limited and subject to availability. For complete information, visit pirates.com/pups
     
  • Pirates Play Ball Team of the Game: The Pirates continue their season-long initiative honoring a youth baseball/softball team(s) of the game every Tuesday home game. Tonight, the Pirates will honor the Central Valley Warriors 8U tournament team. The youngest team in their division, the Warriors persevered through a season of growing pains to win their final tournament of the season on their home field.

 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:05 p.m.) - Roberto Clemente Day

  • The Clemente Day CARE-a-Van: Today, the Pirates and Pirates Charities will honor the life and legacy of the great Roberto Clemente with a day of service projects around the greater Pittsburgh area involving Pirates players, coaches, front office executives and staff as well as alumni, including the Clemente family and players' wives. All events will be held between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and include: 
     
  • Allegheny Intermediate Unit Latino Family Center visit - During the visit, the participants will have an opportunity to mix-and-mingle with players and coaches while enjoying authentic Spanish cuisine prepared by mothers and wives at the center. Pirates Charities is also donating needed supplies to the Latino Family Center to assist the families they serve. Donated items include food for the center's food pantry and clothing for youth who visit the center. Food is donated with the assistance of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. AIU Latino Family Center supports and assists Latino families with the necessary tools and resources they need to strengthen the family unit and raise healthy and happy children.
     
  • Shred Hate School Assembly at Brashear High School - Pirates players and coaches will visit Brashear High School in partnership with "No Bully" to conduct a school assembly to educate students on Roberto Clemente's legacy while supporting the school's "Shred Hate" curriculum. Brashear is one of 23 schools piloting the "Shred Hate" initiative, an anti-bullying program created by ESPN in partnership with the nonprofit No Bully and sponsored by MLB and the X Games. In addition to the assembly, Pirates Charities will provide lunch for the school, in partnership with Slice on Broadway.
     
  • Miracle League Fantasy Camp at PNC Park - Pirates players and coaches will take part in a special Miracle League Fantasy Camp, in PNC Park's outfield and bullpen, for adult participants from local Miracle League programs supported by Pirates Charities. Players and coaches will serve as instructors at skill stations throughout the field as participants rotate through areas to practice catching, fielding, hitting and more. After the morning event, lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A and Rivendale Farms, for all participants.
     
  • Southwestern Veterans Center Visit - Pirates players and coaches will be on-hand to visit with Veterans and act as celebrity Bingo callers today at the Southwestern Veterans Center. Pirates prizes will be provided for all participating Veterans throughout the event as well as Rivendale chocolate milk and cookies. Southwestern Veterans Center provides healthcare and related services to Veterans who are disabled, chronically ill or in need of specialized care.
     
  • "Fun at Bat" Event at the Conroy Education Center - Today, Pirates players and coaches will take part in a "Fun at Bat" event with special needs students. Pittsburgh Conroy Education Center provides a range of services to students ages five to 21 who have life skills support, autistic support and multiple disability support needs. The Pirates partnered with the Pittsburgh Public Schools in 2018 to incorporate "Fun at Bat," an introductory bat and ball game created by USA Baseball, into physical education curriculum. In addition to the morning event, lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A for all participants.
     
  • Honorary Pitch: Tonight, as part of the Pirates and Pittsburgh Cares Volunteer All-Star program, Nicholas Mynarski will be recognized as the program's 2018 Volunteer of the Year. The Pirates teamed up with Pittsburgh Cares to combine two great all-American pastimes, baseball and volunteerism. Fans received two complimentary tickets for every four hours of community service, verified by Pittsburgh Cares, from the Pirates season opener in March, through Friday, August 17. Mynarski served the most hours (48) in that time.
     
  • #PonleAcento: For the third consecutive year, MLB and its Clubs will continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an initiative that includes the #PonleAcento campaign, which literally means, "to put an accent on it". The program aims to show all the ways Latinos have put an accent on the game, both on and off the field. This month, throughout MLB, logos with accent marks on the silhouetted batter will be featured in ballparks, on MLB traditional and social media, as well as on batting practice t-shirts worn by the players. Game-Used Bases: Special Clemente Day game-used bases from tonight's game will be available at the Hunt Auction kiosk (located behind section 125) or by emailing Authentics@pirates.com

 

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - Off Day 

 

Friday, September 7, 2018 - Pirates vs. Miami Marlins (7:05 p.m.)  

  • Free Shirt Friday: Tonight, the Pirates popular Free Shirt Fridays continue as the first 20,000 fans, with paid admission, will receive a Pirates Roberto Clemente tee, presented by Sugardale.
     
  • Dollar Dog Night: As a special thank you to the fans, the Pirates announced the Dollar Dog fan value promotion, presented by Sugardale, on select Friday nights at PNC Park. During one of the eight "Dollar Dog" nights throughout the season, fans can visit any North Shore concession stand throughout the ballpark and purchase regular hot dogs for just one dollar each.
     
  • Miller Lite Happy Hour: Tonight, and now every Friday Night home game, 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 CAL U: Tonight, the Pirates will host University Night with California University of Pennsylvania. All fans who purchase University Night tickets will receive a ticket in one of two special sections and a Pirates/CAL U hat. This season the Pirates will host University Nights on select dates. Students, alumni and fans of local universities are invited to cheer on the Pirates together at PNC Park. For complete information and a list of the 2018 University Nights visit pirates.com/universitynights.
     
  • Beer Passport: Beer Passport ticket holders ages 21 and older are invited to a 90-minute beer sampling event that begins when gates open at 5:30 p.m. For more information and to order tickets, visit pirates.com/beerpassport.

 

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Pirates vs. Miami Marlins (1:05 p.m.)

  • Felipe Vazquez Bobble: Today, the first 20,000 fans with paid admission will receive a Felipe Vazquez bobblehead, presented by Rivendale Farms.
     
  • Saturday on the North Shore: Today's North Shore schedule also includes an 8 p.m. Saturday night college football game at Heinz Field. Fans can find suggested traffic and parking information, to ensure the safety and convenience of those attending each event, at HeinzField.com
     

 

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Pirates vs. Miami Marlins (1:35 p.m.)-Kids Day

  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     

  • 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.

 

Student Pass

New for 2018, get exclusive offers just for students with the Pirates Papa John's Student Pass-- available through mobile delivery! Students with a .edu email address will be able to purchase tickets through the MLB Ballpark app. 

Text STUDENT to 61592 to receive Papa John's Student Pass offers. Your first Student Pass purchase gets you a FREE large one-topping Papa John's pizza. You may pick up your coupon during that game at the MLB Ballpark app kiosk located on the Riverwalk at PNC Park before the end of the 4th inning. The Papa John's Student Pass is a new type of ticket that gives students access to special offers throughout the season.

 

Slice Family 4-Pack

The Slice Family 4-Pack is a value-packed ticket package perfect for your next trip to PNC Park. The package includes four (4) tickets to any Monday-Thursday Pirates home game (excluding Opening Day), one large, one-topping pizza from Slice on Broadway at PNC Park and four 16 oz. fountain drinks.

 

Pirates Charities 50/50 Raffles

The Pirates Charities 50/50 Raffle, supported by Rivers Casino, will take place during each Pirates home game throughout the season. Raffle ticket prices are two (2) tickets for $5, five (5) tickets for $10, 20 tickets for $20 and 80 tickets for $40, with all proceeds benefiting Pirates Charities. Raffle ticket sales close after the last out in the sixth inning. The winning number will be drawn and announced in the 8th inning and the winner will receive 50 percent of the total pot. Winning numbers will also be posted on pirates.com/5050raffle within three business days. 

 

Ballpark App

The Ballpark app for iPhone and Android smartphones is the official MLB ballpark phone app for PNC Park. The app compliments and personalizes your trips to PNC Park with mobile check-ins, social media, offers, promotions and exclusive content. Entering its sixth season, Ballpark delivers fully intuitive integration of locally focused technology with a league-wide feature set, including team customization, exclusive video highlights, seat and experience upgrade capabilities; MyTickets Mobile for in-app ticket management, delivery and storage of every ticket sold and content integration with ballpark video screens. In addition, the Ballpark App is now featuring the Food and Beverage Finder, answering all of your questions as to where the best concessions are throughout PNC Park.

 

Hunt Auctions Kiosk

Located on the main concourse behind section 125, the Hunt Auctions kiosk is your one and only source for game-used and autographed items at PNC Park. Stop by to own your piece of the 2018 Pirates season and check out our new autographed and game-used products featuring Josh Bell, Josh Harrison, Starling Marte, Jameson Taillon and more. Specially branded game-used bases and more will be available, while supplies last, at the Hunt Kiosk or by emailing Authentics@pirates.com.

 

Fan Values

  • Pirates Cove (Sections 201- 205): Tickets in the right field Pirates Cove area offer a great view as well as access to the new $5 or less value items menu. Pirates Cove tickets are just $30 each and include bottomless popcorn, peanuts and soda. 
     
  • Giant Eagle Advantage Card: The Pirates and Giant Eagle partner to offer fans a chance to save up to $10 on tickets for Sunday through Friday home games. Visit pirates.com/advantagecard for more details.
     
  • PNC Bank Pirates Card: The Pirates and PNC Bank team up to offer discounted tickets for select games at PNC Park. Fans can use their PNC Bank Pirates card and save up to $10 on select games throughout the season, including their great Thursday special where card holders can purchase buy one get one Outfield Box tickets. For tickets and more information visit pirates.com/pnccheckcard.
     
  • Port Authority ConnectCard: Get specially-priced tickets with your Port Authority ConnectCard! Save up to $10 this season on Sunday thru Friday games at PNC Park, PAT card holders can purchase Grandstand tickets for only $10 to all Wednesday games throughout the season. For tickets and more information visit pirates.com/connectcard.

 

For a complete list of the 2018 Pirates promotions and special events, visit pirates.com/promotions.

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Traffic and Parking Details Announced for Pitt vs. Penn State

The Pittsburgh Pirates, Heinz Field Management, the University of Pittsburgh and ALCO Parking have announced traffic and parking policies in advance of the Pitt vs. Penn State football game on Saturday, September 8. 
 
The North Shore schedule for the day includes the 1:05 p.m. Pirates game vs. the Miami Marlins at PNC Park, followed by the 8:00 p.m. Saturday night college football game at Heinz Field. Below is suggested traffic and parking information to ensure the safety and convenience of fans attending each event.
 
All organizations are encouraging fans attending just the football game to arrive after 5:00 p.m. Fans will not be permitted into their pre-sold lots until this time. Fans that have purchased parking for the Pirates game earlier in the day will be allowed to remain in the lots if they have an accompanying pre-sold Pitt parking pass. 
 
To assist with inbound and outbound traffic from the parking lots, ALCO Parking and the Pittsburgh Police will be enforcing a No Tailgate Policy from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. All vehicles without a pre-sold Pitt parking pass will need to exit the lots 30 minutes following the end of the Pirates game.  
 
The following are a few of the traffic restrictions that will be in place prior to the start of the Pitt vs. Penn State football game: 

The Clemente Bridge will close to vehicular traffic beginning at 10 a.m. for the Pirates game and will reopen to outgoing North Shore traffic only, 30 to 40 minutes following the final pitch of the game.
 
All organizations recommend fans utilize the following locations for Saturday:

The Pittsburgh Pirates, Heinz Field Management, the University of Pittsburgh and ALCO Parking have announced traffic and parking policies in advance of the Pitt vs. Penn State football game on Saturday, September 8. 
 
The North Shore schedule for the day includes the 1:05 p.m. Pirates game vs. the Miami Marlins at PNC Park, followed by the 8:00 p.m. Saturday night college football game at Heinz Field. Below is suggested traffic and parking information to ensure the safety and convenience of fans attending each event.
 
All organizations are encouraging fans attending just the football game to arrive after 5:00 p.m. Fans will not be permitted into their pre-sold lots until this time. Fans that have purchased parking for the Pirates game earlier in the day will be allowed to remain in the lots if they have an accompanying pre-sold Pitt parking pass. 
 
To assist with inbound and outbound traffic from the parking lots, ALCO Parking and the Pittsburgh Police will be enforcing a No Tailgate Policy from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. All vehicles without a pre-sold Pitt parking pass will need to exit the lots 30 minutes following the end of the Pirates game.  
 
The following are a few of the traffic restrictions that will be in place prior to the start of the Pitt vs. Penn State football game: 

The Clemente Bridge will close to vehicular traffic beginning at 10 a.m. for the Pirates game and will reopen to outgoing North Shore traffic only, 30 to 40 minutes following the final pitch of the game.
 
All organizations recommend fans utilize the following locations for Saturday:

The Light Rail ("T") will continue to provide service from the South Hills with service to the North Shore. The Light Rail ("T") will continue to provide free service to and from Downtown. Fans are encouraged to park in one of the available Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages Downtown.
See details on Stadium Service HERE
Other tips for fans taking the T to Heinz Field HERE
Riders using light rail to attend the Pitt vs. Penn State game should allow for extra travel time due to large crowds.
 
Fans should utilize the following parking lots for Saturday's game:
The Jim Shorkey North and South Lots at PPG Paints Arena will open for tailgating at 1:00 p.m. on game day for $15 a car. Purchase your space in advance of game day HERE.
Station Square, 1st Ave. Garage, Mellon Garage, Convention Center, Manor Garage, Oxford Garage, Nova Place Garage.
Station Square Rates: Before 4 p.m. ($7) | After 4 p.m. ($15)

Fans that park at Station Square and ride the Gateway Clipper shuttle boats
Gateway Clipper Fleet - INFO HERE
Round trip cost: $12
Shuttle operates throughout the day with the Pirates playing at 1 p.m

Golden Triangle and Strip District parking will be available for a minimal cost. This includes Manor Garage (564 Forbes Avenue) and 11th and Smallman (Strip District).

Manor Garage - INFO HERE

The Carnegie Science Center parking lot will open at 5 p.m. and is presold through Parking Panda. A limited number of spaces may be available for purchase on game day on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Cost: $75 (Cash Only on Game Day)
Carnegie Science Center - INFO HERE

The Convention Center Garage will be available starting at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon
Convention Center - INFO HERE

Details on other downtown parking options can be found HERE.
 
For traffic and parking information, visit HeinzField.com.

For the most accurate game day directions, download the WAZE app HERE.

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Roster moves

The Pittsburgh Pirates today recalled catcher Jacob Stallings, right-handed pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas and infielder/outfielder Jose Osuna from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Right-handed pitcher Nick Burdi has been returned from his rehab assignment with Indianapolis and reinstated from the 60-day disabled list (right elbow surgery). The 25-year-old Burdi went a combined 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA (11.0ip/7er) and 14 strikeouts in 10 appearances (two starts) this year with Bradenton, Altoona and Indianapolis. He entered the 2017 campaign rated by MiLB.com as Minnesota's No. 16 prospect. He was selected by Philadelphia in the third round of the Major League Phase of the Rule Five Draft on December 14, 2017, before being traded to the Pirates later in the day for international slot money. Burdi, who has no previous big league experience, will wear uniform #57.

The Pittsburgh Pirates today recalled catcher Jacob Stallings, right-handed pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas and infielder/outfielder Jose Osuna from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Right-handed pitcher Nick Burdi has been returned from his rehab assignment with Indianapolis and reinstated from the 60-day disabled list (right elbow surgery). The 25-year-old Burdi went a combined 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA (11.0ip/7er) and 14 strikeouts in 10 appearances (two starts) this year with Bradenton, Altoona and Indianapolis. He entered the 2017 campaign rated by MiLB.com as Minnesota's No. 16 prospect. He was selected by Philadelphia in the third round of the Major League Phase of the Rule Five Draft on December 14, 2017, before being traded to the Pirates later in the day for international slot money. Burdi, who has no previous big league experience, will wear uniform #57.

The Pirates have also selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Pablo Reyes from Triple-A. Reyes hit a combined .284 (114-for-401) with 23 doubles, four triples, eight home runs, 41 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 122 games this season with Altoona and Indianapolis. The 24-year-old Reyes, who will turn 25 on September 5, entered today ranked seventh among all International League hitters with a .289 average. The Pirates signed him as a non-drafted free agent on April 5, 2012. Reyes, who has no previous big league experience, will wear uniform #15.

Additionally, infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez has been placed on unconditional release waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

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