The Hits Keep on Coming for Hague

BRADENTON, Fla. — It may be infielder Matt Hague’s first big league camp, but he has quickly made  quite an impression already this spring training. In Monday night’s 10-3 win over the Baltimore Oriole’s in Sarasota, Fla., Hague went 3-for-4 with a run, homer and three RBI batting cleanup as the Bucs designated hitter. Hague’s two-run bomb came in the 3rd inning off O’s reliever Kevin Gregg on an...

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Prospects Soaking up First Big League Camp

BRADENTON — For Gerrit Cole, Robbie Grossman, Matt Hague and Jordy Mercer, getting the opportunity to put on their Major League uniforms at Pirate City is a new experience — it’s their first big league camp. The past two weeks the young prospects have been suiting up in the clubhouse for their first Spring Training workouts with the Major Leaguers. “It’s been great just putting on the big league uniform...

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Competition At First Can Fuel Guys Forward

BRADENTON — Competition can be a good thing. It can fuel guys forward. Over the offseason, the Pirates acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Milwaukee Brewers for reliever Jose Veras. The Pirates entered Spring Training with a draw up of Garrett Jones and McGehee platooning at first base. Jones, 30, finished the 2011 season with a .243 average, 16 home runs and 68 RBI. McGehee, 29, finished 2011 with the Brewers hitting .223...

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Matt Hague Looking To Make a Good Impression In Big League Camp

PITTSBURGH — In less than two weeks, first base prospect Matt Hague will be heading down to Bradenton, Fla., for spring training. This year, however, is different for Hague. The 26-year-old, who was added to the 40-man roster this offseason after being Rule 5 eligible, will have a chance to make an impression at his first big league camp. With the first base position undetermined to start the 2012 season, Hague could have an...

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Winter Leagues 12/11 — A Start For Martis, Hits For Navarro

Sunday’s winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Cardenales de Lara  5,  Tiburones de La Guaira  2 Shairon Martis made the start for Los Tiburones, going 5.1 innings, but he was not involved in the decision.  Martis allowed just one run over the first 5 innings, with a solo homer to lead off the 2nd inning.  He scattered a double and three singles over those innings, and in both the...

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