Morton Solid in Start, Plans to Be Ready for Season

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates (7-12)  lost 7-2 to the Detroit Tigers (14-3) at McKechnie Field on Friday afternoon. Right-hander Charlie Morton tossed four scoreless frames scattering two hits and struck out two in his fourth official Grapefruit League start of the spring. Morton threw 55 pitches over his four inning outing. The two lone hits Morton gave up came in the first and third inning. Andy Dirks led off the 1st frame...

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Pirates Notebook: Navarro Battling For Bench Job

BRADENTON, Fla. — Over the offseason, the Pirates made a trade for infielder Yamaico Navarro from the Kansas City Royals in return for hard throwing righty prospect Brooks Pounders and international minor leaguer Diego Goris. “I was a little bit surprised, but I’m very happy here,”Navarro said. “Ball’s a little different [in the National League].” Navarro is battling for a utility bench job this spring...

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Pirates Name Bedard Opening Day Starter

BRADENTON, Fla. — After the Pirates 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at McKechnie Field, Manager Clint Hurdle announced that left-hander Erik Bedard will be the Opening Day starter on April 5 at PNC Park against the Philadelphia Phillies. Hurdle also said that Jeff Karstens will start game two, James McDonald game three, and Kevin Correia will get the first start on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The decision on the...

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Pirates Notebook: Meek Continues to Move Forward This Spring

BRADENTON, Fla. — After making a rough Grapefruit League debut with the Pirates, right-hander Evan Meek has bounced back this spring by tossing three scoreless frames over his last three appearances. He’s allowed one hit with two strikeouts. Meek worked hard over the offseason to get his body in better shape, dropping nearly 20 pounds by cycling, and building up arm strength, in order to bounce back from an injury plagued...

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Bucs Held to One Hit; Morton Unlucky in Loss to Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The last time the Pirates were in Fort Myers, the club hammered out 10 runs on 15 hits in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins. On Sunday, however, the results were much different. The Pirates were held hitless by the Twins’ lefty starter Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota bullpen until one out in the 7th inning. Outfielder Brandon Boggs hit a single into right center, but was called out at...

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