Pirates Notebook: Burnett Throws Third Bullpen

BRADENTON, Fla. –Right-hander A.J. Burnett continues to make progress back from eye surgery to repair the fractured orbital bone in his right eye while fouling on a bunt attempt at Pirate City. Burnett threw a 52-pitch bullpen session at McKechnie Field on Wednesday morning with pitching coach Ray Searage looking on. It was the third bullpen Burnett has thrown since he returned to Bradenton. “A lot better today,”...

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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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Bucs Held to One Hit; Morton Unlucky in Loss to Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The last time the Pirates were in Fort Myers, the club hammered out 10 runs on 15 hits in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins. On Sunday, however, the results were much different. The Pirates were held hitless by the Twins’ lefty starter Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota bullpen until one out in the 7th inning. Outfielder Brandon Boggs hit a single into right center, but was called out at...

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Lincoln Pitches Three Scoreless in B Game

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Brad Lincoln tossed three scoreless frames against the Minnesota Twins ‘B’ lineup in the 3-2 win in Fort Myers on Sunday. Lincoln gave up just one hits with a walk and a strikeout over his three innings. “From my last outing, my last outing was pretty shaky for me,” Lincoln said. “To be able to bounce back is always a good thing for the confidence level. To just go out...

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Karstens Solid Spring in Bucs Loss to Rays

BRADENTON, Fla. — Right-hander Jeff Karstens made another case for being the Bucs Opening Day starter on April 5th at PNC Park in the Pirates 2-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays at McKechnie Field. On Saturday, Karstens allowed one run on three hits over five innings with three walks and five strikeouts in his second official Grapefruit League start this spring. Although the Pirates have been mum on who they will give the...

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