• Morton Makes Grapefruit League Debut in Bucs Two-Hit Loss to Phillies

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander Charlie Morton made his Grapefruit League debut against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday at McKechnie Field. Although scattering four hits over his outing, Morton was able to keep the Phillies from scoring in his two scoreless frames with two strikeouts. "It’s the next phase of his comeback to pitch...

  • McKenry, Karstens Show up Big in Pirates Win Over Netherlands

    ST. Pete, Fla. --Right-hander Jeff Karstens got the start against the Netherlands in part of the Intentional Baseball Tournament held at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Although the stats don't count towards Grapefruit League game scores, Karstens tossed four shutout frames on Monday scattering five hits with no walks and four strikeouts....

  • Pirates Flash Possible Opening Day Lineup Vs. Rays

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The lineup that Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle sent out against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park could look similar to what you might see come Opening Day at PNC Park on April 5. Alex Presley, Jose Tabata and Andrew McCutchen filled out the top speedy three of...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Hot Bats Continue for Bucs in 7-4 Win over Red Sox

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Pirates bats continue to heat up this spring. The Buccos plated seven runs off 10 hits off the Boston Red Sox's pitchers at jetBlue ballpark under the lights in Fort Myers, Fla. on Friday. For the fifth straight game, the Pirates have had at least 10 hits. "It’s a good sign,"...

  • McDonald Getting Feel for Changeup, New Turn in Delivery in Loss to Phillies

    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Right-hander James McDonald looked sharp in his second outing of the spring against the Philadelphia Phillies tough lineup. His only run allowed over his three inning outing came in the 2nd frame. McDonald gave up a leadoff single to Hunter Pence, who scored on a RBI double into deep center by Ty Wigginton....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Correia Solid in Bucs 7-4 Win Over Yankees

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- The New York Yankees sent out a tough top of the order against the Pittsburgh Pirates today at McKechnie Field. But it didn't faze the Bucs pitching staff. The Yankees were held to four runs on eight hits in the Pirates 7-4 win in Bradenton on Tuesday. "They brought...

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