• Pirates Go With Unusual Lineup in B Game

    The Pittsburgh Pirates played a seven inning B-game against the Minnesota Twins today at Pirate City. As with any B-game, the contest was extremely informal. Innings ended if a pitcher reached his pitch count, regardless of how many outs there were, or how many runners were on base. Players batted out-of-order, and...

  • Bryan Morris Finds a Home in the Bullpen

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After spending most of his minor league career in the starting rotation, right-hander Bryan Morris has found a home in the 'pen. Morris, 25, started the 2011 season in the Altoona Curve's starting rotation. But after making six starts and posting a 6.04 ERA, Morris was moved into the...

  • Hot Bats Continue for Bucs in 7-4 Win over Red Sox

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Pirates bats continue to heat up this spring. The Buccos plated seven runs off 10 hits off the Boston Red Sox's pitchers at jetBlue ballpark under the lights in Fort Myers, Fla. on Friday. For the fifth straight game, the Pirates have had at least 10 hits. "It’s a good sign,"...

  • Alex Dickerson Could Be the Long Term Answer at First Base

    Alex Dickerson should start the 2012 season in Bradenton. The Pittsburgh Pirates are currently without a long-term solution at first base. The team will enter the 2012 season with a platoon of Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee at the spot. Matt Hague could be a backup plan should the platoon struggle, although...

  • Bucs Take a lot into Consideration in Spring Training Evaluations

    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- With less than a month away from Opening Day, the Pirates roster will start becoming more clear over the next several weeks. Yesterday, right-hander Gerrit Cole was reassigned to minor league camp. And it might not be too much longer before you start seeing more Buccos leaving the clubhouse...

  • Starling Marte Showing His Potential This Spring

    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Outfielder Starling Marte stepped to the plate with one out in the bottom of the 9th inning at McKechnie Field on Wednesday with a streak on the line. Marte connected for a single into center field to mark seven straight hits this spring. An impressive feat for one of...

  • McDonald Getting Feel for Changeup, New Turn in Delivery in Loss to Phillies

    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Right-hander James McDonald looked sharp in his second outing of the spring against the Philadelphia Phillies tough lineup. His only run allowed over his three inning outing came in the 2nd frame. McDonald gave up a leadoff single to Hunter Pence, who scored on a RBI double into deep center by Ty Wigginton....

  • First-rounder Cole Cut from Big League Camp

    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Right-hander Gerrit Cole was reassigned to Minor League camp this morning. The 21-year-old, who was the first overall pick by Pittsburgh in the 2011 draft, had a non-roster invite to big league camp in his first spring training. "I knew it was coming in the next couple of days,"...

  • International Hitting Prospects Starting to Emerge

    I was watching batting practice at Pirate City towards the end of the day the other day. I was talking with one of the coaches, whose name I'll leave out of this article. He asked me who I wrote for, and my response to that question always leads to one of two...

  • Karstens Sharp in Bucs 8-6 Loss to Toronto

    Karstens is a lock for the 2012 rotation. BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander Jeff Karstens tossed three scoreless innings in his first Grapefruit League start of the spring. After tossing two scoreless frames on Friday's intrasquad game at McKechnie, Karstens cruised through his outing, needing to throw extra pitches afterwards and finished by riding...

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