• Spring Training Coverage
    Burnett Returns to Florida to Begin Next Step

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander A.J. Burnett returned to Florida on Saturday to the Pirates spring training clubhouse at McKechnie Field. There he was greeted by his teammates just eight days after undergoing right eye surgery in Pittsburgh. "We’re happy to have him back,"  Bucs Manager Clint Hurdle said. "Everything is moving as...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Michael McKenry Entering the Season as the Backup Catcher

    Michael McKenry will enter the 2012 season as the Pirates' backup catcher. BRADENTON, Fla. -- When catcher Michael McKenry headed south for spring training this year, he was in a much different situation than the year prior. McKenry attended camp with the Colorado Rockies to start the spring of 2011 before he...

  • Pirates History
    Pirates Pitchers Leading the League in Unenviable Stats

    While talking to Tim today about Daniel Cabrera I noticed that Cabrera had at one point(or more in a couple cases) led the league in losses, earned runs allowed, wild pitches, walks and hit batters. I figured right away that has to be rare and unenviable at the same time. I assumed...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Hurdle: It’s on Everybody to be a Better Base Runner

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- During the Pirates 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins at McKechnie Field on Saturday, speedy outfielder Nate McLouth was caught attempting to swipe two bases. So far this spring McLouth is 0-for-3 in stolen base attempts, but Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle wants his players to continue to be aggressive on...

  • Game Recaps
    Lefty Bedard Effective in Pirates 4-2 Loss to Twins

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON, Fla. -- Left-hander Erik Bedard gave up just one hit --a two-out single to left field by the Minnesota Twins' Josh Willingham in the first inning --over three scoreless frames with three strikeouts in his second Grapefruit League start of the season at McKechnie Field on Saturday. "30 pitches,...

  • News and Rumors
    Nationals Inquired on Starling Marte, Were Turned Down

    The Washington Nationals have been looking for a center fielder for a while now. Jim Bowden tweeted that during that search they inquired on Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Starling Marte. Bowden says the Nationals were told that Marte is unavailable. The two teams really don't match up. They both have the same focus...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Go With Unusual Lineup in B Game

    The Pittsburgh Pirates played a seven inning B-game against the Minnesota Twins today at Pirate City. As with any B-game, the contest was extremely informal. Innings ended if a pitcher reached his pitch count, regardless of how many outs there were, or how many runners were on base. Players batted out-of-order, and...

  • Analysis
    Photos From Today’s B-Game

    Here are some photos of the pitchers in today's B-game at Pirate City: Chris Leroux Daniel Cabrera Duke Welker Evan Meek Mike Crotta Scott Baker The only other time I took a picture of an opposing starter was when I took a picture of Edwin Jackson at PNC Park last year. The...

  • Analysis
    Notes From Pirates B Game

    The Pirates played the Minnesota Twins in a B game today at Pirate City at 10 AM. The game lasted seven innings. Pirates beat the Twins, 8-2, combining for 10 hits. Here are some notes: Matt Hague, who played third base and batted cleanup, hit a three-run home run. Robbie Grossman tripled...

  • Pirates History
    Pirates Spring Training: 75 Years Ago Today

    The 1936 Pittsburgh Pirates finished the season with a record of 84-70, that put them in fourth place in the NL but just eight games behind the first place New York Giants. With the help of an old newspaper, I thought it would be interesting to see just what the talk was...

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