Pirates to open 2018 season in Detroit; home opener April 2 vs. Twins |

Pirates to open 2018 season in Detroit; home opener April 2 vs. Twins

Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves stand at the baseline listening to the National Anthem for the Home Opener at PNC Park, Friday, April 7, 2017. This photograph was taken using a Tilt-Shift lens.
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The Pirates' Josh Bell high-fives teammate Sean Rodriguez after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning against the Tigers on Aug. 10, 2017 in Detroit.

The Pirates will begin the 2018 season with five straight games against American League teams, including the March 29 opener at the Detroit Tigers.

It will be the second straight year the Pirates start with an interleague series.

The home opener is set for 1:05 p.m. April 2 against the Minnesota Twins. It will be the second time in four seasons the first game at PNC Park is against an AL club.

The interleague rotation will have the Pirates play the AL Central next season. In addition to the Twins, the Tigers (April 24-26), Chicago White Sox (May 15-16) and Kansas City Royals (Sept. 17-19) will come to PNC Park.

On the road, the Pirates will play the White Sox (May 8-9), Cleveland Indians (July 23-25) and Twins (Aug. 15-16).

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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