BRADENTON, Fla. — It’s exactly four weeks until the Pirates will play the first game of baseball of the 2018 season at PNC Park, when they’ll host the Minnesota Twins for the home opener.

The man throwing out the first pitch for that game probably won’t be decided for quite some time yet, but there’s a a pretty good chance it’ll be third-year right-hander Jameson Taillon.

For the second straight year, the Pirates open up the season with a short series on the road, meaning that Clint Hurdle will get to pick one starter to pitch on Opening Day and one to pitch the home opener. Last year, Gerrit Cole started the season and Ivan Nova pitched the first game at PNC Park.

When the Pirates traded Cole in January, they didn’t just trade a former first overall pick and a starting pitcher th...

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