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. The reasons for his success is from getting the feel of his changeup and a new turn in his delivery....

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Karstens Sharp in Bucs 8-6 Loss to Toronto

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 the stationary bike. “Usually I try and work as quick as possible. It’s just one of those things where I was able...

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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 of sync. I think I was trying to do a little too much when I walked [Andrew] Lambo,...

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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 a good ball club over here,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “I thought our guys were very efficient off the mound. We...

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Bucs Bats Combine for 18 Hits in 10-3 Win

SARASOTA, Fla. — After combining for 12 hits over their first two games this spring, the Pirates bats belted out 18 hits off the Baltimore Oriole’s pitchers in the 10-3 win at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarastota, Fla on Monday. Leading the hot bucco bats was infielder Matt Hague, who in his first Major League camp is looking to make the big league club. Hague went 3-for-4 with a run and three RBI batting cleanup as the Bucs...

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Pirates Defense “Sloppy” in 8-5 Loss to Toronto

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates defense was sloppy in the Pirates 8-5 loss in the Grapefruit League home opener on Sunday afternoon. Chase d’Arnaud, Shairon Martis and Starling Marte all contributed to an error a piece as the Bucs fell to an 0-2 record this spring. Marte’s error proved to be more costly of the three. Trailing just one run when they started the 6th, the Blue Jays plated four runs (three earned) off...

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