Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates, Reds at Victory Field Spring-Training Finale in Indianapolis

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates, Reds at Victory Field Spring-Training Finale in Indianapolis

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The Pirates will conclude their spring-training schedule with an exhibition game against the Cincinnati Reds at Victory Field in Indianapolis, home of the Pirates' Class AAA affiliate, the team announced Tuesday.

"The Pirates are thrilled to play in front of the outstanding fans of the Indianapolis Indians in Victory Field, one of the very best ballparks in minor league baseball," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said.

"Being able to play our [National League Central] Division rival Cincinnati Reds in Indianapolis is the perfect way to celebrate the extension of our longstanding affiliation with the Indians organization, its fans and the entire Indianapolis community."

The game is April 2. The Pirates begin the regular season April 4 at home against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Pirates recently extended their player development contract with the Indians. They have been affiliated with Class AAA Indianapolis uninterrupted since 2005. The Reds previously were affiliated with Indianapolis on and off, beginning in 1939 and most recently in 1999.

"We're looking forward to returning to Victory Field this spring," Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said. "Our relationship with the team in Indianapolis as an affiliate dates back 75 years. Our fan base remains strong in that part of the state."

The Pirates have an intrasquad scrimmage Feb. 29. Grapefruit League play opens March 1 against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Their first home game at McKechnie Field in Bradenton is also against the Tigers the following day. The first workout for pitchers and catchers is Feb. 18.

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