• Pirates Notebook: Fryer Added Leg Kick Over Offseason

    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Catcher Eric Fryer worked on incorporating a leg kick over the offseason. During the Fall Instructional League, which is held at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida, Fryer said it was one of his main focuses. "Mainly I really focused on hitting, trying to work in a slight leg kick, trying...

  • Moskos Gives Up Walkoff Homer in 5-4 Loss

    Photo by Mark Olson CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Pirates lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 at Bright House Field on Tuesday. Right-hander Chris Resop made his first start of the spring, sixth appearance during Grapefruit League action this spring. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle chose to go with all relievers today against the Phillies in...

  • Bedard Sharp in Bucs Loss to O’s

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 4-1 to the Baltimore Orioles in Bradenton, Fla., on Monday night. Left-hander Erik Bedard made his fourth Grapefruit League start of the spring on Monday night at McKechnie Field. Over six-plus innings, Bedard allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits....

  • Pirates Notebook: Alvarez to Start Season in Majors

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Despite struggling at the plate during Grapefruit League action this spring, third baseman Pedro Alvarez will start the season in the Majors. Rumors swirled that Alvarez might start the season at Triple-A Indianapolis to get back on track, but Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington insisted on Sunday, prior to...

  • Pirates Collect 20 Hits in Win Over Astros

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates 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....

  • Pirates Notebook: Final Cuts of Spring Training

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- There are just eight days remaining in spring training for the Pirates. The club will play its final game of the Grapefruit League on April 1st against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin before kicking off two exhibition games against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 2nd and 3rd. After optioning Jordy Mercer to...

  • 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....

  • Pirates Notebook: Bedard Looking Forward to Opening Day Start

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON, Fla. -- Lefty Erik Bedard has come a long way from the last time he got an Opening Day start -- back in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. During '08, Bedard was placed on the disabled list twice, once for inflammation in his left hip, the other...

  • 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....

  • Pirates Notebook: Navarro Battling For Bench Job

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Over the offseason, the Pirates made a trade for infielder Yamaico Navarro from the Kansas City Royals in return for hard throwing righty prospect Brooks Pounders and international minor leaguer Diego Goris. "I was a little bit surprised, but I’m very happy here,"Navarro said. "Ball’s a little different [in the...

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