• 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...

  • Correia Very Efficient in Bucs Win Over Phillies

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander Kevin Correia continued his solid spring on Friday at McKechnie Field in the Pirates 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The 31-year-old made his third start, and over four scoreless innings, Correia gave up just one hit with a walk and two strikeouts. He has yet to give up...

  • Lefty Reyes Changes Arm Slot

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes made his second start (third appearance) of the spring on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins. Reyes allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over 2.1 innings with a pair of walks. After his outing, Reyes said he changed his arm slot over...

  • Pirates Notebook: Hanrahan Using Slider More this Spring

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan is looking to incorporate his slider more for the 2012 season. And so far, his results have been impressive this spring. Over three appearances, Hanrahan has tossed three scoreless, hitless frames with one walk and six strikeouts. The Pirates' closer relied on his slider a...

  • Prospect Notebook: Homer, Double, and an Error for Dickerson

    Alex Dickerson had a homer, a double, and an error today. Alex Dickerson had a big day at the plate in today's A-ball game, collecting two hits, including a home run and a double. The first baseman homered in his first at-bat when the Toronto pitcher left a fastball out over the...

  • Erik Bedard Makes Start at Pirate City

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates In an effort to get a better look at left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes, and still get innings for Erik Bedard, the Pittsburgh Pirates had Bedard make a start at Pirate City this afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays' A-ball team. “We want to see pitch against the stiffer...

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