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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Hague Looking to Hit His Way to Pittsburgh

BRADENTON, Fla. — All Matt Hague has done in his professional career is hit. Hit, hit, hit. And so far during the Grapefruit League this spring, Hague has continued to swing a hot bat. So much in fact that Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle has a nickname for him, ‘the hit collector.’ The 26-year-old was drafted by Pittsburgh in the 9th round of the 2008 draft after playing college ball at the University of Washington and...

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Pirates Lose 8-6, to Rays in See-Saw Game

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-6 at McKechnie Field on Thursday. Right-hander Jeff Karstens allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out three in his fourth Grapefruit League start of the spring. Karstens threw 89 pitches over his five innings of work. “Obviously you want to take the positives out of it,” Karstens said....

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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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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Seeking Consistency

BRADENTON, Fla. — Third baseman Pedro Alvarez is looking for consistency this spring. During the 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at McKechnie Field on Saturday, Alvarez went 0-for-3 — all three were strikeouts. Over his past two games he has gone hitless. But just last week, Alvarez connected for two opposite field home runs. “Today he got into some receptive swings early,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said....

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