Bucs Bats Combine for 18 Hits in 10-3 Win

SARASOTA, Fla. — After combining for 12 hits over their first two games this spring, the Pirates bats belted out 18 hits off the Baltimore Oriole’s pitchers in the 10-3 win at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarastota, Fla on Monday. Leading the hot bucco bats was infielder Matt Hague, who in his first Major League camp is looking to make the big league club. Hague went 3-for-4 with a run and three RBI batting cleanup as the Bucs...

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Morton to Throw in Intrasquad Scrimmage

BRADENTON, Fla. — Right-hander Charlie Morton continues to take steps forward and could be seeing time in the Grapefruit League with the Pirates soon. On Saturday afternoon, while the Major League club was playing the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., Morton threw live batting practice at McKechnie Field in Bradenton. It marked Morton’s second live BP session this spring. Morton threw his first live batting practice at Pirate...

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The Harrison Brothers Making Their Way in the Pirates Organization

After practice at Pirate City, Josh Harrison is taking swings in the batting cages. He’s rotating with his teammates, and after several turns through the cage, he announces that he is finished. Harrison stands and watches one more player take his last turn in the cage. As things are wrapping up, Josh announces he wants one more turn. Watching near by is Josh’s brother, Vince Harrison, who joined the Pittsburgh Pirates...

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Pirates Defense “Sloppy” in 8-5 Loss to Toronto

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates defense was sloppy in the Pirates 8-5 loss in the Grapefruit League home opener on Sunday afternoon. Chase d’Arnaud, Shairon Martis and Starling Marte all contributed to an error a piece as the Bucs fell to an 0-2 record this spring. Marte’s error proved to be more costly of the three. Trailing just one run when they started the 6th, the Blue Jays plated four runs (three earned) off...

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Lefty Pitcher Owens Looking for Bounce Back Year

BRADENTON, Fla. — After back-to-back seasons in which left-hander Rudy Owens won the Pirates Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year Award (2009, 2010), the 24-year-old had a down year in his first season at Triple-A in 2011. Owens was expected by many to reach the majors towards the end of the 2011 season, but unfortunately things didn’t work out that way. The left hander struggled in his first year with Triple-A Indianapolis,...

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Brian Tallet Looking to Make His Way Back to the Majors

Last week about half of the players in minor league camp reported to Pirate City. The day of their first workout, all of the players gathered on the field, getting ready for stretches and warm ups. Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington was on the field, overseeing the young players take the field. One of those players, noticeably older, ran over to Huntington and thanked the GM for giving him an opportunity. Brian Tallet...

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