• Long Balls from McLouth, Hague Gives Bucs Win

    The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 in Dunedin, Fla., on Sunday in the Bucs final Spring Training game in Florida. Right-hander Jeff Karstens allowed one run on four hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out one in his fourth start of the spring. Karstens finished with a...

  • A.J. Burnett Pitches Three Innings at Pirate City

    A.J. Burnett threw three innings today at Pirate City. A.J. Burnett threw in an intrasquad game at Pirate City this afternoon, going three innings against the Pirates' Triple-A lineup. The start was Burnett's first outing in a game situation since going down with a fractured orbital bone earlier in Spring Training. The...

  • Pirates Notebook: Leroux Losing Changeup

    PITTSBURGH, PA. -- After striking out two batters over a perfect inning of relief against the Baltimore Orioles at McKechnie Field on Saturday, Chris Leroux said after the game that he is dropping the change-up. Leroux was told to lose the change, and will look to going back to being a power...

  • Bucs Tie and Lose in Split Squad Action

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates The Pittsburgh Pirates played two games this afternoon in part of a split squad day. And both games had very different results. Lefty Erik Bedard started against the Baltimore Orioles at McKechnie Field in Bradenton on Saturday in the Bucs 6-6 tie. Bedard, who will get the Pirates...

  • Pirates Notebook: Hague Continues Strong Case to Break Camp with Pirates

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- He's been told that he doesn't have enough home run power to play first base in the Majors, but so far this spring, Matt Hague has been hitting balls over the fences. The 26-year-old, who is in his first big league spring training camp, went 2-for-4 against the Tampa...

  • Hague Hits Team-Leading Fifth Homer in Bucs Tie to Rays

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays ended in a 3-3 tie at McKechnie Field in Bradenton on Friday afternoon. Left-hander Tony Watson got the "start" for the Pirates against the Rays on Friday at McKechnie Field. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle elected to go with all bullpen arms to get their regular work...

  • Pirates Notebook: With Morton on DL, Roster Decisions Loom

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- After placing right-hander Charlie Morton on the disabled list to start the 2012 season, Huntington said the decision to carry an extra bench player, rather than an arm, is still in discussion. Instead of carrying 12 pitchers, the Pirates could decide to use 11 arms (four starters and seven relievers) and 14 position players...

  • McDonald Struggles with Command in Loss to Twins

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander James McDonald's last trip to the mound on Saturday against the Houston Astros was impressive. McDonald tossed 5.1 of hitless ball, and overall allowed just one run on two hits over 7.0 innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three while throwing 75 pitches. McDonald fared much...

  • Pirates Notebook: Harrison Feeling Comfortable at Shortstop

    Photo by Mark Olson PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Over 18 games during Grapefruit League action, Josh Harrison has played at third, second and shortstop. Harrison, 24, is making progress at short during spring training. He is battling for a backup utility role, which would include playing games at short when Clint Barmes needs rest. "He’s making progress,"...

  • Morton Progresses in Bucs Loss, Plans to Start Season In Discussion

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 6-4, to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on Wednesday night. Right-hander Charlie Morton made his fourth official start of the spring during Grapefruit League action. Overall, Morton allowed six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts over five innings. Morton threw 75 pitches. "That’s the good side...

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