Moosic, Pa. - As a successful first season in a new home with a new identity comes to a close, the curtain has been slightly lifted on season two. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) proudly unveil the schedule for their 2014 campaign at the new PNC Field. The season begins on Thursday, April 3 when the club kicks off a seven-game road trip at Syracuse against the Chiefs (Washington Nationals). The home slate commences a week later on Thursday, April 10 when the Chiefs visit PNC Field for a four-game series and homestand. CLICK HERE to view the schedule as a PDF.
"Our first season has been fantastic and we are excited to show NEPA a piece of the 2014 puzzle," said RailRiders president and general manager, Rob Crain. "We are looking forward to a strong finish in 2013 and with only 16 games remaining, there is a small window to be a part of the inaugural season at PNC Field. This season has been great and we are eager to build upon the excitement and support of the community to ensure 2014 is even better."
Standard start times for the 2014 season include 6:35 p.m. for games Monday through Thursday and 7:05 p.m. for Friday and Saturday games in April and May. In June, July and August standard start times are 7:05 p.m. for Monday through Saturday games. All but one of the Sunday home games at PNC Field in 2014 will start at 1:05 p.m. The exception will come on Sunday, July 6 when a series with Charlottes starts at 6:05 p.m.
Earlier start times will come about often including 10:35 a.m. starts on April 23 and May 7, both Wednesdays. The RailRiders will have 12:05 p.m. first pitches scheduled for Monday, May 12; Wednesday, July 9; Wednesday, July 30; and the Labor Day regular-season finale on Sept. 1.
Rivalry games fill a big portion of the 2014 schedule as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will play a total of 16 games against its two biggest rivals. The RailRiders will host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) for year two of the IronRail Series at PNC Field with games from April 18-21, June 30-July 1 and Aug. 31-Sept. 1. The Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) will come to PNC Field twice for series from June 20-23 and July 25-28.
Friday Fireworks are back with explosions in the sky after every Friday home game. The RailRiders will release the full promotional calendar including giveaway dates, theme nights and more for the 2014 season at PNC Field at a later date.
The RailRiders come home for a two-game set against Lehigh Valley this coming Saturday and Sunday at the reconstructed PNC Field. For more information, please visit the team's official website, www.swbrailriders.com, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or come on out to the PNC Field box office which is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday on non-game days.
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