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 bullpen in mid-June where he thrived. Over 29 appearances (52.2 innings), Morris posted a 2.05 ERA in relief with...

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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,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “We were challenged last year offensively. Guys are working hard. They have been...

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Alex Dickerson Could Be the Long Term Answer at First Base

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 Hague profiles more as a James Loney type, and not a long-term solution. The best long-term solution might be 2011 third round pick Alex Dickerson. In a draft that featured outfielder...

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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 as well. The reason Cole was cut from big league camp? Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said it was because they...

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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 the Bucs top prospects. “Seven straight hits is a lot,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “I never got seven straight hits....

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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. The reasons for his success is from getting the feel of his changeup and a new turn in his delivery....

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