• 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...

  • Pirates Cut Five From Big League Camp

    The Pirates cut Starling Marte from major league camp. FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates cut five more players from big league camp on Sunday morning before heading to Fort Myers to face the Minnesota Twins. Pitchers Kyle McPherson, Bryan Morris, Justin Wilson, and outfielders Gorkys Hernandez and Starling Marte were...

  • Jonathan Schwind’s Move Behind the Plate

    Normally when a team is taking a player in the later rounds of the draft, the player is taken as organizational depth. The team needs guys at certain positions to fill out the rosters at the lower levels. Those players usually just come in and play the position they play for a...

  • Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Seeking Consistency

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Third baseman Pedro Alvarez is looking for consistency this spring. During the 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at McKechnie Field on Saturday, Alvarez went 0-for-3 -- all three were strikeouts. Over his past two games he has gone hitless. But just last week, Alvarez connected for two...

  • Prospect Notebook: Lots of Heat

    Duke Welker was hitting 98 MPH today. There were a lot of top Pirates prospects throwing today. Unfortunately, a lot of the top guys in the system were on the road. Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie, both top ten prospects, started in the A-ball games at Toronto's minor league complex. Missing out...

  • Burnett Feels Good After First Bullpen Since Surgery

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Early Saturday morning, right-hander A.J. Burnett threw a 30 pitch side session to the Pirates bullpen catcher Heberto Andrade with pitching coach Ray Searage and Special Assistant to the General Manager Jim Benedict looking on in the bullpens to the right of McKechnie Field. Burnett, who underwent surgery to repair...

  • 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...

  • Star Potential from Marte this Spring

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- He's been one of the headlines this spring training. Outfield prospect Starling Marte has been showing his star potential with the Pittsburgh Pirates during the Grapefruit League. The 23-year-old, who is one of the Bucs top prospects, entered Saturday's game action with a .500 average, .917 slugging, and a...

  • Pirates Notebook: Barajas, Barmes Defense Helping Club

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Over the offseason, the Pirates were looking to upgrade their defense both at shortstop and behind the plate. Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas signed with Pittsburgh, and so far this spring they have made the staff better. Barmes, 33, signed a two-year deal in November. Since 2003, Barmes has...

  • Prospect Notebook: 27 Outs

    27 Outs Today was a camp day at Pirate City, and there were no games played. Instead, the team played games called "27 outs". Two teams would take the field with the goal of being the first team to reach, you guessed it, 27 outs. There would be a batter at the...

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