Bedard Focuses on Pitching Inside In Loss to Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. —  Left-hander Erik Bedard allowed four runs on five hits over 3.2 innings in his third Grapefruit League start this spring. He walked three and struck out three in the Pirates 10-3 loss to the New York Yankees in Tampa on Tuesday night. Bedard said he was shooting for 65-70 pitches for his outing, and finished with 68 on the night. 44 of them were strikes. “Middle of spring. Just try to get the pitch count up....

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Pirates Notebook: Meek Continues to Move Forward This Spring

BRADENTON, Fla. — After making a rough Grapefruit League debut with the Pirates, right-hander Evan Meek has bounced back this spring by tossing three scoreless frames over his last three appearances. He’s allowed one hit with two strikeouts. Meek worked hard over the offseason to get his body in better shape, dropping nearly 20 pounds by cycling, and building up arm strength, in order to bounce back from an injury plagued...

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It’s Just a Matter of Time for Marte

BRADENTON, Fla. — Outfielder Starling Marte was impressive this spring. Over 12 games during the Grapefruit League, Marte hit .520 with three homers, four RBI and stole two bases. If fans weren’t aware of the young prospect, they took notice. Marte even went deep off former Cy Young Award Winner Cliff Lee, but despite his torrid spring with the Bucs, it was just 25 at-bats. “Overall, he made a very good...

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Pirates Notebook: Wilson to Move Back into Rotation

FORT MYERS, Fla. — After deciding to cut pitcher Justin Wilson from big league spring training camp on Sunday, the Pirates optioned the hard throwing lefty to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he will  start the 2012 season back in the starting rotation. “Justin is going to go down to Triple-A, and he’ll be in that rotation down there because the key to his future success is fastball command,” Pirates General Manager Neal...

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Bucs Held to One Hit; Morton Unlucky in Loss to Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The last time the Pirates were in Fort Myers, the club hammered out 10 runs on 15 hits in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins. On Sunday, however, the results were much different. The Pirates were held hitless by the Twins’ lefty starter Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota bullpen until one out in the 7th inning. Outfielder Brandon Boggs hit a single into right center, but was called out at...

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