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Marauders Announce 2017 Schedule

October 11, 2016 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Portland Pirates News Release

Bradenton, Fla. - The 2016 Florida State League Champion Bradenton Marauders announced the schedule for the 2017 Florida State League season. The High-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates will lift the lid on McKechnie Field on Saturday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. against the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay Rays). The Marauders begin the defense of their first FSL title on April 6 on the road against the Stone Crabs.

Bradenton will host 70 games at McKechnie Field in 2017. The Marauders will once again play in the South Division alongside the Stone Crabs, Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota Twins), Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami Marlins), Palm Beach Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals), and St. Lucie Mets (New York Mets). The Marauders have qualified for the playoffs four times in the previous seven seasons, including last season as the South Division's first half champion.

The Florida State League has adopted an unbalanced schedule in 2017, increasing the number of opportunities for fans to see teams from the North Division visit McKechnie Field. Bradenton's North Division opponents include the Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia Phillies), Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds), Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays), Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit Tigers), and Tampa Yankees (New York Yankees). The North Division will also feature a new Atlanta Braves farm team based in Kissimmee. The yet to be named Braves affiliate will visit McKechnie Field for a four-game series from June 30-July 3.

Marauders home games will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and at 1:00 p.m. for Sunday home games. There will be four 10:30 a.m. games at McKechnie Field. The first 10:30 a.m. game will be Education Day on Wednesday, May 24. The Marauders will also host 10:30 a.m. Camp Day games on Wednesday, June 28 and Wednesday, July 19. The final game of the regular season on Sunday, September 3 will also begin at 10:30 a.m.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders please call 941-747-3031, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.

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