Morton Progresses in Bucs Loss, Plans to Start Season In Discussion

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 6-4, to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on Wednesday night. Right-hander Charlie Morton made his fourth official start of the spring during Grapefruit League action. Overall, Morton allowed six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts over five innings. Morton threw 75 pitches. “That’s the good side of it. I did throw five innings,” Morton said. “I...

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Four Run Rally, Long Balls, Give Pirates Win

BRADENTON, Fla. – Trailing 1-0 to the Boston Red Sox at McKechnie Field on Wednesday afternoon, the Pirates rallied for four runs off lefty Jon Lester in the 3rd inning. Josh Harrison ripped a leadoff double down the left field line to start the frame. Harrison, who finished the day 2-for-3, is hitting .579 (11-for-19) with a team-leading six doubles this spring. All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen followed by hitting a RBI...

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Bedard Focuses on Pitching Inside In Loss to Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. —  Left-hander Erik Bedard allowed four runs on five hits over 3.2 innings in his third Grapefruit League start this spring. He walked three and struck out three in the Pirates 10-3 loss to the New York Yankees in Tampa on Tuesday night. Bedard said he was shooting for 65-70 pitches for his outing, and finished with 68 on the night. 44 of them were strikes. “Middle of spring. Just try to get the pitch count up....

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Pirates Break Out the Lumber in Win over Twins

FORT MYERS, FLA. — You could say it was over quickly after it began. The Minnesota Twins right-hander Terry Doyle lasted just 2/3 of an inning in the Pirates 17-6 win at Hammond Stadium on Thursday. The Bucs hammered out 10 runs on 10 hits with two walks a hit batter and an error in the 35 minute top of the first inning. “We just brought out the lumber today,” All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen said....

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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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