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Notebook: Pirates set to open at Fenway next year

| Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, 1:15 p.m.
File photo from 2008 of Fenway Park in Boston.
File photo from 2008 of Fenway Park in Boston.

PHILADELPHIA — The Pirates will begin the 2017 season with an interleague series in one of baseball's most hallowed venues — a three-game set April 3-6 against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

This will be the Pirates' first trip to Fenway Park since June 17-19, 2005. The Red Sox played at PNC Park in 2003, 2011 and 2014.

The Pirates are 7-5 all-time against the Red Sox.

MLB released its full 2017 regular-season schedule on Wednesday. The home opener at PNC Park is scheduled for Friday, April 7 against the Atlanta Braves.

Game times have not yet been announced.

In addition to their “geographical rival” Detroit Tigers, the Pirates will face the American League East in interleague play.

The annual home-and-home series against the Tigers are set for Aug. 7-8 at PNC Park and Aug. 9-10 in Detroit.

The New York Yankees (April 21-23), Baltimore Orioles (June 6-7) and Tampa Bay Rays (June 27-29) will play at PNC Park.

The Pirates will go on the road to face the Toronto Blue Jays (Aug. 11-3) and Orioles (Sept. 26-27).

Planet of the aches

• Gerrit Cole (elbow inflammation) is in what athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk calls an “active rest period,” meaning he does conditioning work but no throwing.

Scott Boras, Cole's agent, said the Pirates made the right decision to shut down Cole for the rest of the season.

“The doctor said he needs about three months to let this thing settle down to where it's back to normal,” Boras said. “The good news is, it will just take time. There are no (surgical) procedures needed.”

Boras also understands why Cole made a last-ditch attempt to pitch in Monday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

“He decided to gut it out and make that last start,” Boras said. “I give him credit; he's a great team player. The doctor told him it was going to be painful, but he wouldn't hurt himself (any more) if he tried.”

• There is a chance left fielder Starling Marte (lower back spasms) might be back in the lineup during this weekend's four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds.

“My guesstimate (is) maybe Friday,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “He's getting really itchy to get back out there.”

Marte has not played since Sept. 5. He's scheduled to go through a full work day — outdoor batting practice, full-speed running — on Thursday.

• Neftali Feliz threw a regular, 36-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

• A.J. Schugel threw a dozen fastballs off the mound for the first time Tuesday. He's expected to throw a regular side session in the next couple of days. “Making progress,” Schugel said.

Around the horn

Jameson Taillon will pitch in Saturday's day-night doubleheader against the Reds, although Hurdle said he hasn't yet decided which game the righty will start. The other game will go to either Drew Hutchison or Trevor Williams. ... Tyler Glasnow was warming in the bullpen on Tuesday, but he was not prepping to get in the game against the Phillies. “Arm maintenance,” Hurdle said. “His normal routine would have him throw a little bullpen session that day, so we got him up for some light throwing.” ... Hurdle said Wade LeBlanc will be used as a long reliever and Zach Phillips is a left-on-left/short-outing option. ... Several players took Uber rides to Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday after the team bus broke down.

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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