• Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Final Cuts of Spring Training

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- There are just eight days remaining in spring training for the Pirates. The club will play its final game of the Grapefruit League on April 1st against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin before kicking off two exhibition games against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 2nd and 3rd. After optioning Jordy Mercer to...

  • Prospect Notebook
    Prospect Notebook: Cole Goes Four Strong Against Yankees

    Gerrit Cole took the mound at Pirate City today for a start against the New York Yankees' A-ball team. Cole made his last start against the Yankees' Double-A team earlier in the week. The outing for the 2011 first overall pick was a strong one. Cole went four innings, allowing one run...

  • Game Recaps
    McDonald Takes No-Hitter into 6th in Bucs 5-4 Loss to Astros

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander James McDonald took the mound in the 6th inning with one out at McKechnie Field on Saturday. After retiring his first batter, pinch-hitter Travis Buck connected for a single into shallow center field for a hit -- the first that McDonald had given up during his seven inning outing....

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Burnett Throws Live BP at McKechnie Field

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Today was a day that A. J. Burnett referred to as 'a big step forward' and 'very fun'. On Saturday, the right-hander threw his first live batting practice at McKechnie Field. First baseman Garrett Jones and catcher Michael McKenry stood in the cage as Burnett took the mound in Bradenton for...

  • Pirates History
    Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training: 45 Years Ago, Today.

    Last week I took a look back exactly 90 years ago to Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training on March 17, 1922. The week prior on March 10th, I went back exactly 75 years ago. Today, I’m going back to a more recent era to see what was going on with the Pittsburgh Pirates...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Pirates Cut Mercer, Reyes, from Big League Camp

    BRADENTON, Fla. - With just eight days remaining until the final Grapefruit League spring training game for the Pirates, the club took a step further to their final 25-man on Saturday. Prior to the their game against the Houston Astros, the Pirates cut five players from big league camp: infielder Jordy Mercer, and...

  • Analysis
    Notes From Pirate City: Gerrit Cole Starting

    Gerrit Cole will take the mound today at Pirate City, going up against the New York Yankees' A-ball team. This will be the first real game I've seen Cole start this Spring. I saw him play in an intrasquad game, and his last real outing was on the road. If the recent...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: March 24

    Four former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, starting with the youngest one first we have Gus Dugas(1907) outfielder for the Pirates in 1930 and 1932. When he joined the Pirates in September 1930, it was his first shot at the big leagues and he had the unenviable task of trying...

  • Analysis
    Yesterday’s Results: Zack Von Rosenberg and Quinton Miller

    Zack Von Rosenberg and Quinton Miller started games on the road yesterday against the Yankees' A-ball teams. The results for the two pitchers were mixed. Von Rosenberg was hit around, giving up five earned runs in 3.2 innings, while walking one and striking out three. He was throwing his fastball 86-89 MPH....

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: Stetson Allie’s Improved Command

    Earlier today I posted a stat line on Stetson Allie from yesterday's outing. If you're wondering where this new and improved Stetson Allie came from, well then you probably weren't paying much attention to what I was saying about Allie starting at the end of last year. Ironically, the first time I...

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