Thursday was a mix of exhibition games and real games for the World Baseball Classic. Team USA played an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox, while the teams from the Dominican Republic, Italy and Canada each played their first WBC tournament game. Below you will find news on all of the Pittsburgh Pirates taking part in the WBC.
The big news of the day was Starling Marte not being in the starting lineup for the Dominican Republic because of right ankle swelling. Most people worry most about injuries when talking about the WBC, despite the fact that injuries happen all spring. Marte's injury is very minor and he expects to play Saturday night. If the injury happened during the regular season, it's probably something he would have played through, or just took one game off for preca...
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.