Spring Training Notes: Polanco Sticking With McCutchen and Marte
Feb24

Spring Training Notes: Polanco Sticking With McCutchen and Marte

At the end of last week I posted a video of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco taking batting practice together. It was a nice sight to see those three rotating in the batting cages together, since they could eventually make up the best outfield trio in the majors. McCutchen is already an MVP, Marte posted a 4.6 WAR in his first full season, and Polanco looks like an impact talent who should arrive by mid-season...

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Gaby Sanchez a Backup Plan to Pedro Alvarez?
Feb24

Gaby Sanchez a Backup Plan to Pedro Alvarez?

This afternoon at Pirate City, Gaby Sanchez was fielding ground balls at third base, rotating with Pedro Alvarez. Sanchez got some time at third base last year during Spring Training, and played four innings at the position during the 2013 season. Clint Hurdle said that the Pirates would be looking at Sanchez more this Spring. “We’re going to get him some innings at third,” Hurdle said. “That’s one of the...

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Spring Training Starters and TV Schedule
Feb23

Spring Training Starters and TV Schedule

Clint Hurdle has announced the starting pitchers for the first week of Spring Training games. If you missed it from earlier, the pitchers and lineups for Tuesday’s Black & Gold game have been announced as well. On Wednesday against the New York Yankees, Francisco Liriano will start and pitch two innings. He will be followed by Edinson Volquez, Jeanmar Gomez, Vin Mazzaro, Bryan Morris, Jared Hughes,  Duke Welker, Josh Kinney...

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Casey Sadler Using His Sinker in the Bullpen (Video)
Feb23
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Pirates Photos from Spring Training
Feb22

Pirates Photos from Spring Training

A few shots from today’s routine drills, with the emphasis on new guys.  Of the NRI pitchers the Pirates have brought in, Daniel Schlereth and Jake Brigham strike me as the most interesting. Outfielder Chris Dickerson has not been in drills the last two days, so he may have some minor injury or other issue.  

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Brandon Cumpton: From Early Season Disaster to Great MLB Depth
Feb22

Brandon Cumpton: From Early Season Disaster to Great MLB Depth

If you would have told me during the first week of the 2013 season that Brandon Cumpton would have played an important depth role with the Pittsburgh Pirates, I would have thought: 1. The Pirates were going to have a disaster of a year. or 2. You were crazy. Cumpton had a horrible start to the 2013 season. He gave up eight earned runs in 9.2 innings of work in his first two starts in Altoona, and all of this despite returning to the...

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