• 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...

  • Hurdle Holds Team Meeting to Address Focus

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- After combining for just 12 hits over their first two spring training game and looking sloppy on defense, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle had a meeting with the team. "We had a little conversation before the game about our focus and about our purpose," Hurdle said. "We’re at McKechnie now....

  • Morton Throws B Game at Pirate City

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander Charlie Morton threw in an intrasquad scrimmage held at Pirate City on Wednesday morning. The 28-year-old was pulled after throwing 1.1 innings due to reaching his pitch count, but continues to progress back from offseason hip surgery. "It was okay," Morton said of his outing. "I got a little out...

  • Walker Scratched with Back Tightness

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Second baseman Neil Walker was an early morning scratch from the lineup for today's 1:05 game at McKechnie Field against the Toronto Blue Jays. Walker, 26, was scratched due to lower back tightness. Walker said today that his lower back was a little tight during Tuesday's 7-4 win over...

  • Wilson Makes Impressive Spring Debut

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Lefty Justin Wilson took the mound at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. on Monday night for his first outing of the spring. After walking his first batter, the 24-year-old settled down and looked impressive in his 2012 spring debut. "I had some jitters," Wilson said. "Especially with the...

  • Correia Solid in Bucs 7-4 Win Over Yankees

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- The New York Yankees sent out a tough top of the order against the Pittsburgh Pirates today at McKechnie Field. But it didn't faze the Bucs pitching staff. The Yankees were held to four runs on eight hits in the Pirates 7-4 win in Bradenton on Tuesday. "They brought...

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