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  • Spring Training Coverage
    Pirates Notebook: Bullpen Battles

    Righty Chris Leroux, who is out of options, is battling for a spot in the Pirates 'pen this spring BRADENTON, Fla. -- With just a week remaining until the Pirates head north for the exhibition series in Philadelphia, and as they get ready to kick off Opening Day in 10 days, the bullpen...

  • Game Recaps
    Bedard Sharp in Bucs Loss to O’s

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 4-1 to the Baltimore Orioles in Bradenton, Fla., on Monday night. Left-hander Erik Bedard made his fourth Grapefruit League start of the spring on Monday night at McKechnie Field. Over six-plus innings, Bedard allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits....

  • Spring Training Coverage
    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...

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    Pirates Notebook: Alvarez to Start Season in Majors

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Despite struggling at the plate during Grapefruit League action this spring, third baseman Pedro Alvarez will start the season in the Majors. Rumors swirled that Alvarez might start the season at Triple-A Indianapolis to get back on track, but Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington insisted on Sunday, prior to...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Collect 20 Hits in Win Over Astros

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates won 9-7 to the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium on Sunday. The club combined for 20 hits off the Astros arms. "We were able to go to the plate and really ground out some at-bats well," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said....

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    Pirates Notebook: Final Cuts of Spring Training

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- There are just eight days remaining in spring training for the Pirates. The club will play its final game of the Grapefruit League on April 1st against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin before kicking off two exhibition games against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 2nd and 3rd. After optioning Jordy Mercer to...

  • Game Recaps
    McDonald Takes No-Hitter into 6th in Bucs 5-4 Loss to Astros

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander James McDonald took the mound in the 6th inning with one out at McKechnie Field on Saturday. After retiring his first batter, pinch-hitter Travis Buck connected for a single into shallow center field for a hit -- the first that McDonald had given up during his seven inning outing....

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Burnett Throws Live BP at McKechnie Field

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Today was a day that A. J. Burnett referred to as 'a big step forward' and 'very fun'. On Saturday, the right-hander threw his first live batting practice at McKechnie Field. First baseman Garrett Jones and catcher Michael McKenry stood in the cage as Burnett took the mound in Bradenton for...

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    Pirates Notebook: Bedard Looking Forward to Opening Day Start

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON, Fla. -- Lefty Erik Bedard has come a long way from the last time he got an Opening Day start -- back in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. During '08, Bedard was placed on the disabled list twice, once for inflammation in his left hip, the other...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Alvarez Sidelined with Knee Discomfort

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Third baseman Pedro Alvarez was removed from Thursday's 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays with discomfort and inflammation in his left knee. Alvarez is currently day-to-day and will likely be out of game action through the weekend, the team says. "I think it was more or less running,"...

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