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 plan,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “The training wheels are off, he...

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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. “With everything going on, it was kind of hard to focus because we’re...

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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 the order. Follow that with second baseman Neil Walker batting cleanup, Garrett Jones playing first base, Rod Barajas behind home plate,...

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Lefty Bedard Effective in Pirates 4-2 Loss to Twins

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, and he had good command of his fastball,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “I thought he...

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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 often a player was thrown in to the batting order at random spots. Throughout the game, players who weren’t...

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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,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “We were challenged last year offensively. Guys are working hard. They have been...

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