Pirates Notebook: Presley, Tabata to Share Leadoff Spot

Throughout Grapefruit League action, Alex Presley got the majority of the starts batting leadoff. Jose Tabata followed in the two spot. The trend continued into the regular season with Presley hitting first for the first three games. But on game four of the season, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle decided to switch the lineup up, inserting Tabata into the leadoff spot, allowing Presley to hit second. Hurdle said he will pick and choose...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Bench

After a series of roster moves on Wednesday afternoon, prior to the club’s workout at PNC Park, the Pirates bench has become clear. The Pirates have decided to carry an extra bat to start the season, rather than an extra arm in the pen. Matt Hague, Josh Harrison and Yamaico Navarro all made the club on the bench. Last seasons bench consisted of players such as Matt Diaz, Jason Jaramillo, Xavier Paul and Brandon Wood. The Pirates...

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Pirates Notebook: With Morton on DL, Roster Decisions Loom

BRADENTON, Fla. – After placing right-hander Charlie Morton on the disabled list to start the 2012 season, Huntington said the decision to carry an extra bench player, rather than an arm, is still in discussion. Instead of carrying 12 pitchers, the Pirates could decide to use 11 arms (four starters and seven relievers) and 14 position players to help the club during their tough month of April. “That is an option,” Huntington...

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Pirates Notebook: Harrison Feeling Comfortable at Shortstop

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Over 18 games during Grapefruit League action, Josh Harrison has played at third, second and shortstop. Harrison, 24, is making progress at short during spring training. He is battling for a backup utility role, which would include playing games at short when Clint Barmes needs rest. “He’s making progress,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said of Harrison at short. “There have been a couple...

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Utility Battle Heating Up During Final Week

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The battle for the backup utility/bench job looks to be a tough competition during the final week of spring training. Other than the starting nine, the club has five spots for bench roles. Nate McLouth is a lock for the fourth outfielder, Michael McKenry will back up Rod Barajas at the plate, and the club will go with Casey McGehee in part of a platoon at first base with Garrett Jones. That leaves two positions...

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