Pirates Collect 20 Hits in Win Over Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates won 9-7 to the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium on Sunday. The club combined for 20 hits off the Astros arms. “We were able to go to the plate and really ground out some at-bats well,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “We were taking what was given to us. We hit most of the balls where they were pitched. Not some big swings, not much out of control, aggressive...

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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. Immediately after giving up the single, the crowd at McKechnie gave McDonald a standing ovation. “I didn’t...

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Morton Solid in Start, Plans to Be Ready for Season

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates (7-12)  lost 7-2 to the Detroit Tigers (14-3) at McKechnie Field on Friday afternoon. Right-hander Charlie Morton tossed four scoreless frames scattering two hits and struck out two in his fourth official Grapefruit League start of the spring. Morton threw 55 pitches over his four inning outing. The two lone hits Morton gave up came in the first and third inning. Andy Dirks led off the 1st frame...

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Pirates Lose 8-6, to Rays in See-Saw Game

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-6 at McKechnie Field on Thursday. Right-hander Jeff Karstens allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out three in his fourth Grapefruit League start of the spring. Karstens threw 89 pitches over his five innings of work. “Obviously you want to take the positives out of it,” Karstens said....

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Four Run Rally, Long Balls, Give Pirates Win

BRADENTON, Fla. – Trailing 1-0 to the Boston Red Sox at McKechnie Field on Wednesday afternoon, the Pirates rallied for four runs off lefty Jon Lester in the 3rd inning. Josh Harrison ripped a leadoff double down the left field line to start the frame. Harrison, who finished the day 2-for-3, is hitting .579 (11-for-19) with a team-leading six doubles this spring. All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen followed by hitting a RBI...

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Bedard Focuses on Pitching Inside In Loss to Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. —  Left-hander Erik Bedard allowed four runs on five hits over 3.2 innings in his third Grapefruit League start this spring. He walked three and struck out three in the Pirates 10-3 loss to the New York Yankees in Tampa on Tuesday night. Bedard said he was shooting for 65-70 pitches for his outing, and finished with 68 on the night. 44 of them were strikes. “Middle of spring. Just try to get the pitch count up....

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