• McKenry, Karstens Show up Big in Pirates Win Over Netherlands

    ST. Pete, Fla. --Right-hander Jeff Karstens got the start against the Netherlands in part of the Intentional Baseball Tournament held at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Although the stats don't count towards Grapefruit League game scores, Karstens tossed four shutout frames on Monday scattering five hits with no walks and four strikeouts....

  • Lincoln, McPherson Scratched from Outings

    ST. PETE, Fla. -- Right-handers Brad Lincoln and Kyle McPherson were scratched from their outings today against the Philadelphia Phillies at McKechnie Field. Lincoln, 26, has been scratched from his outing today due to right calf tightness.  His status is day to day. Lincoln has made two appearances during Grapefruit League action this spring. In...

  • Prospect Notebook: Situational Pitching

    After two weeks of watching bullpen sessions, live batting practice, fielding drills, and every other activity that wasn't a game, I was looking forward to the start of the schedule in minor league camp. That schedule started today, with the first three days listed as camp days. Usually that means intrasquad games...

  • Pirates Notebook: Kyle McPherson Slated to Begin in Triple-A

    Kyle McPherson PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. --Right-hander Kyle McPherson had a huge 2011 season in the minor leagues with a list of accomplishments to prove it. The 24 year old right hander was named the Pirates Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year as well as being named the Double-A Altoona Curve Pitcher of the Year. McPherson went a combined...

  • Pirates Flash Possible Opening Day Lineup Vs. Rays

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The lineup that Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle sent out against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park could look similar to what you might see come Opening Day at PNC Park on April 5. Alex Presley, Jose Tabata and Andrew McCutchen filled out the top speedy three of...

  • A 31st Round Draft Pick Turning in to a Prospect

    Jason Townsend was taken in the 31st round in 2010. I first saw 2010 31st round pick Jason Townsend in State College at the end of the 2010 season. The right-hander was making one of his final appearances in a year where he would combine for a 3.60 ERA in 20 innings....

  • Burnett Returns to Florida to Begin Next Step

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander A.J. Burnett returned to Florida on Saturday to the Pirates spring training clubhouse at McKechnie Field. There he was greeted by his teammates just eight days after undergoing right eye surgery in Pittsburgh. "We’re happy to have him back,"  Bucs Manager Clint Hurdle said. "Everything is moving as...

  • Michael McKenry Entering the Season as the Backup Catcher

    Michael McKenry will enter the 2012 season as the Pirates' backup catcher. BRADENTON, Fla. -- When catcher Michael McKenry headed south for spring training this year, he was in a much different situation than the year prior. McKenry attended camp with the Colorado Rockies to start the spring of 2011 before he...

  • Hurdle: It’s on Everybody to be a Better Base Runner

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- During the Pirates 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins at McKechnie Field on Saturday, speedy outfielder Nate McLouth was caught attempting to swipe two bases. So far this spring McLouth is 0-for-3 in stolen base attempts, but Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle wants his players to continue to be aggressive on...

  • Lefty Bedard Effective in Pirates 4-2 Loss to Twins

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON, Fla. -- Left-hander Erik Bedard gave up just one hit --a two-out single to left field by the Minnesota Twins' Josh Willingham in the first inning --over three scoreless frames with three strikeouts in his second Grapefruit League start of the season at McKechnie Field on Saturday. "30 pitches,...

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