March 9, Florida
Red Sox at Pittsburgh Pirates (McKechnie Field, Bradenton – 1:05 p.m.; tickets from $16) If you're looking for a potential 2014 World Series preview, this is it. The Pirates finally made the playoffs last year after decades of sub-.500 ball. They have Andrew McCutcheon -- one of the best players in baseball -- an intimidating pitching staff and a solid cast of role players. They play in a tiny stadium that's a throwback to the days of old, wooden ballparks. If you're looking for Red Sox, don't expect any players who played in the game in Fort Myers the night before. They'll more than likely sleep in and have a light workout back home.