Between now and next Friday’s Opening Day, the Pittsburgh Pirates will play three exhibition games against the Cleveland Indians
The Pittsburgh Pirates remain scheduled to kick off their 60-game 2020 season at Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals next Friday, July 24. Before the team heads to St. Louis, they will play three exhibition games. All three of these games will be played against the Cleveland Indians.
These three games will kick off on Saturday night at PNC Park. The two teams will play again on Monday, July 20, at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The third and final game of these three exhibition games will be Wednesday, July 22, back at PNC Park. Following the third and final exhibition game between the two, the Pittsburgh Pirates will prepare to travel to St. Louis for their season opener.
All three of these games will be played at 7:05 p.m. ET. Additionally, all three games will be televised on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh. The Pirate Radio Network will carry all three games as well.
This means we are just four days away from being able to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates participate in real, live baseball on TV again. Just four days away from being able to watch Josh Bell mash home runs again, Bryan Reynolds rack up base hits, Mitch Keller strikeout batters, and Derek Shelton make his first managerial decisions while in charge of the Pirates.
Pittsburgh and Cleveland is one of the biggest rivals in the NFL, and could be one in the MLB this season. In addition to these three games, the Indians will come to PNC Park for three regular season games this season. The Pittsburgh Pirates will then finish the regular season with a three-game series in Cleveland.
So, exhibition games included, the Pirates and Indians will play each other in nine of their next 63 games. That definitely creates the opportunity for some friction to form between the two teams over the course of those 63 games.