Pirates open 2010 season at home
Three-game series vs. Dodgers kicks off year on April 5
LOS ANGELES -- After beginning each of the past four seasons on the road, the Pirates will open the 2010 season at PNC Park. Major League Baseball released next year's full season schedule on Tuesday.
The Pirates kick off the 2010 season with a three-game set against the Dodgers, with Opening Day falling on Monday, April 5. The two teams will enjoy an off-day on April 6, before wrapping up the series with games on each of the next two days.
Pittsburgh's schedule is also highlighted by five Interleague matchups, two against teams from the American League Central and three series against AL West clubs. The Pirates begin a stretch of 15 straight games against AL teams with a trip to Detroit (June 11-13). The team then returns home to face the White Sox (June 15-17) and Indians (June 18-20) before heading back out onto the road to take on the Rangers (June 22-24) and A's (June 25-27).
The latter two series are part of a nine-game road trip that wraps up with three games at Wrigley Field. The Pirates have one other three-city road trip scheduled, with that covering Houston, Milwaukee and Los Angeles to end April.
This will be the second consecutive year that the Pirates will host the Indians at PNC Park. It's an Interleague series that Pirates president Frank Coonelly has openly pushed for because of the close proximity of Pittsburgh and Cleveland. The Pirates' series against the White Sox will mark the fourth straight year that the teams have faced each other.
After the Pirates' home-opening series against the Dodgers, the team will open the 81-game road portion of its schedule with three games in Arizona (April 9-11) and San Francisco (12-14).
The Pirates will enjoy three lengthy homestands during the course of next year. With off-days on both ends of the homestand, the Pirates will host the Cubs, Cardinals and Reds at PNC Park from May 4-12.
Pittsburgh has a 10-game homestand from July 16-25 when the Astros, Brewers and Padres come to town. The team's other 10-game home stay falls from Aug. 16-25, when the Pirates play the Marlins four times before taking on the Mets and Cardinals.
As they will this year, the Pirates will close the 2010 season on the road. A Sept. 27-29 trip to St. Louis is followed by a season-ending, three-game series against the Marlins from Oct. 1-3.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.