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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Pirates Cut Five From Big 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 all optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. “We talk a lot about we need to make decisions with our heads,” Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said....

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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 few seasons. Sometimes you see projects in the later rounds, although those are usually high school and JuCo picks. You don’t often see a college hitter...

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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 opposite field home runs. “Today he got into some receptive swings early,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said....

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Prospect Notebook: Lots of Heat

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 on those two guys throwing is missing out on some of the hardest throwers in the system. Taillon has touched 99 MPH in the past with his fastball, and has been sitting...

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