• International News
    International Hitting Prospects Starting to Emerge

    I was watching batting practice at Pirate City towards the end of the day the other day. I was talking with one of the coaches, whose name I'll leave out of this article. He asked me who I wrote for, and my response to that question always leads to one of two...

  • Game Recaps
    Karstens Sharp in Bucs 8-6 Loss to Toronto

    Karstens is a lock for the 2012 rotation. BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander Jeff Karstens tossed three scoreless innings in his first Grapefruit League start of the spring. After tossing two scoreless frames on Friday's intrasquad game at McKechnie, Karstens cruised through his outing, needing to throw extra pitches afterwards and finished by riding...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Hurdle Holds Team Meeting to Address Focus

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- After combining for just 12 hits over their first two spring training game and looking sloppy on defense, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle had a meeting with the team. "We had a little conversation before the game about our focus and about our purpose," Hurdle said. "We’re at McKechnie now....

  • Game Recaps
    Morton Throws B Game at Pirate City

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander Charlie Morton threw in an intrasquad scrimmage held at Pirate City on Wednesday morning. The 28-year-old was pulled after throwing 1.1 innings due to reaching his pitch count, but continues to progress back from offseason hip surgery. "It was okay," Morton said of his outing. "I got a little out...

  • Analysis
    Pregame: Game Five vs. Toronto in Bradenton

    Good afternoon from McKechnie Field. The Pirates today will face the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 PM. Right-hander Jeff Karstens (three innings) will be making his first start of the Grapefruit League this season. He pitched two scoreless innings Friday in an intrasquad game at McKechnie Field. Karstens will face righty Kyle...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Walker Scratched with Back Tightness

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Second baseman Neil Walker was an early morning scratch from the lineup for today's 1:05 game at McKechnie Field against the Toronto Blue Jays. Walker, 26, was scratched due to lower back tightness. Walker said today that his lower back was a little tight during Tuesday's 7-4 win over...

  • Pirates History
    Hitless Seasons

    While writing the bio for today’s “This Date” article on Albert Hall, I noticed a very interesting fact on him that I mentioned, he played in the majors each year from 1981-83 without collecting a base hit. I figured that had to be a very rare occurrence for a positional player, no...

  • Analysis
    Live Blog of Today’s B-Game

    The Pirates will be playing a B-game today at Pirate City. I'm still waiting on the lineups to be announced for the minor league squad, but here is the major league lineup: Team A 1. Brock Holt - SS 2. Jarek Cunningham - 2B 3. Casey McGehee - 3B 4. Ramon Cabrera...

  • International News
    Pirates Sign Three Prospects from the Mexican League

    According to two links here and here (both in Spanish) The Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday signed three young players from the Leones de Yucatan team in the Mexican League. Two other the players have experience, one does not. According to the official Leones website, all three players will report to the Dominican Academy....

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: March 7

    Light day on the calendar for former Pittsburgh Pirates but I promise to make it up tomorrow when we will have eight former players celebrating birthdays. Today we have just three and no big names. Starting off with the most recent first, we have Albert Hall(1968) who played for the 1989 Pirates....

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