Michael McKenry Entering the Season as the Backup Catcher

BRADENTON, Fla. — When catcher Michael McKenry headed south for spring training this year, he was in a much different situation than the year prior. McKenry attended camp with the Colorado Rockies to start the spring of 2011 before he was traded to the Red Sox at the end of March. This year, however, McKenry looks to be the lock as the Pirates backup catcher and said this springĀ trainingĀ feels different. “I think as the...

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McKenry Focused on Getting Better Today

BRADENTON — Last season was a struggle at the plate for catcher Michael McKenry. Over 58 games with the Pirates in 2011, McKenry, nicknamed “The Fort”, hit .222 with 17 runs, 12 doubles, two homers and 11 RBI. But this offseason, McKenry has been working hard to improve his game at the plate. After spending time in Spring Training with the Colorado Rockies in 2011, McKenry was traded to the Boston Red Sox before the...

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Game 160 Recap: Presley, Alvarez Drive Home Three Each in Win

The Pirates and Brewes engaged in an offensive battle. The pitching was porous and sloppy. Only one of the 17 runs that was scored came on a dinger. The Pirates outlasted the Beer Men in the end as the home team left 13 men on base. The see-saw battle began early on. Alex Presley led off the top of the first with a homer. Morton got into a bunch of trouble in the bottom of the first. He allowed singles to Corey Hart and Nyjer Morgan...

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Game 159 Recap: Willis Pitches, Hits Reds to Victory

There were a couple of failures in this one. James McDonald was looking for his tenth win on the year. The Pirates were on the cusp of a sweep. Neither happened as Dontrelle Willis pitched well and broke a tie with a two run double in the sxith. Cincinnati was on McDonald from the outset. Brandon Phillips walked to lead off the game. Joey Votto and Jay Bruce each singled to make it 1-0 Reds before the Pirates even batted. More of the...

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Game 152 Recap: Lilly, Loney Topple Pirates

There have been a couple of consistencies in 2011. The offense has struggled. Combine that with the youth and injuries and we’ve seen a number of additions and subtractions to the roster. Matt Pagnozzi’s appearance made him the 52nd player to don the Bucco jersey in 2011. Ted Lilly allowed four hits and a run in seven innings to negate much of the Pirates run scoring chances. So, it was more of the same. James...

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