PHILADELPHIA -- The Pirates' 2017 season will begin April 3 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Bucs' first trip to the historic Boston ballpark since 2005.
Major League Baseball announced next year's full regular-season schedule on Wednesday. For the Pirates, it starts with their fifth-ever series against the Red Sox, a three-game set from April 3-6. The Bucs last played the Sox in 2014 at PNC Park. The Pirates are 7-5 all-time against the Red Sox.
The Bucs' home opener is set for Friday, April 7 against the Braves. It will be Pittsburgh's first home opener against Atlanta since 1998.
• Pirates' 2017 schedule
The Pirates' Interleague Play schedule will once again line them up against the Tigers, their American League geographic rival. Pittsburgh will host Detroit on Aug. 7-8 and finish the home-and-home series at Comerica Park on Aug. 9-10.
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Additionally, the Bucs will face the AL East in Interleague Play. The Yankees will come to PNC Park from April 21-23, the Rays from June 27-29 and the Orioles from Sept. 26-27, the final two home games of the regular season. The Pirates will travel to Boston to begin the season, Baltimore from June 6-7 and Toronto from Aug. 11-13.
The Bucs' first trip to a new ballpark, the Braves' SunTrust Park, will be a four-game swing from May 22-25. They will head into the All-Star break (July 10-13) following a seven-game road trip to Philadelphia and Chicago, and they will start the second half with a seven-game homestand against the Cardinals and Brewers.
The Pirates will head to the West Coast twice next season, playing the Dodgers and D-backs from May 8-14 and the Rockies, Giants and Padres from July 21-30. They will be on the road, in Philadelphia, on the Fourth of July and at home, playing the Cubs, for a Sept. 4 Labor Day game.
The Pirates will wrap up the regular season on the road, playing a four-game series at Nationals Park from Sept. 28-Oct. 1.
Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.