Only two games remains for the Pirates during spring training. After the Bucs beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 in Dunedin, Fla., the team flew to Philadelphia, where they will face the Phillies for a two-game exhibition series.
After pitchers and catchers had their first official workout at Pirate City in Bradenton on Feb. 19th, the team -- which started with 58 players (18 were non-roster invites) -- has pleased Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle with all the extra work that they put in this spring.
"This is the hardest working group of men I've had in Spring Training," Hurdle said. "That's not to say that others haven't worked hard. These guys, from the time they showed up, 8:00 [a.m.] early work on the field. Concentrated extra work over lunch. Their preparation, all the things that we've tried to put in to place. They've been receptive. The execution work on the fundamentals early. We've done all the work we can do, now it's connecting the dots come game time."