Pirates announce home game start times

Pirates announce home game start times

Pirates announce home game start times
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have filled in game times for next season's 81 home games, and have included five 4:05 p.m. ET start times in the 2012 slate.

Three of those 4:05 p.m. start times will be on Thursdays (Aug. 9, Aug. 16, Sept. 20), while the other two are Saturdays (June 23, July 7). On those two dates, the Pirates had to start before 4:10 p.m. for the games to be broadcast on local television. FOX's exclusive TV window those weeks begins at 4:10 p.m. and continues until 7:05 p.m.

The Pirates will also have two Saturday games (May 26 and June 9) at 7:15 p.m., 10 minutes later than the club's normal evening start time. The reason for the difference is because those two games are scheduled to be one of the games that FOX televises nationally.

As is the norm, the Pirates' home opener -- which will also be the team's season opener -- is set for a 1:35 p.m. start. That April 5 game will be against the Phillies. The Pirates will also play home games at 1:35 p.m. on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.