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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Burnett Feels Good After First Bullpen Since Surgery

BRADENTON, Fla. — Early Saturday morning, right-hander A.J. Burnett threw a 30 pitch side session to the Pirates bullpen catcher Heberto Andrade with pitching coach Ray Searage and Special Assistant to the General Manager Jim Benedict looking on in the bullpens to the right of McKechnie Field. Burnett, who underwent surgery to repair the fractured orbital bone in his right eye while fouling on a bunt attempt at Pirate City, said...

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Karstens Solid Spring in Bucs Loss to Rays

BRADENTON, Fla. – Right-hander Jeff Karstens made another case for being the Bucs Opening Day starter on April 5th at PNC Park in the Pirates 2-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays at McKechnie Field. On Saturday, Karstens allowed one run on three hits over five innings with three walks and five strikeouts in his second official Grapefruit League start this spring. Although the Pirates have been mum on who they will give the...

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Star Potential from Marte this Spring

BRADENTON, Fla. — He’s been one of the headlines this spring training. Outfield prospect Starling Marte has been showing his star potential with the Pittsburgh Pirates during the Grapefruit League. The 23-year-old, who is one of the Bucs top prospects, entered Saturday’s game action with a .500 average, .917 slugging, and a team-leading three home runs this spring. Marte has the potential to do it all. He can hit,...

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Pirates Notebook: Barajas, Barmes Defense Helping Club

BRADENTON, Fla. — Over the offseason, the Pirates were looking to upgrade their defense both at shortstop and behind the plate. Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas signed with Pittsburgh, and so far this spring they have made the staff better. Barmes, 33, signed a two-year deal in November. Since 2003, Barmes has posted a 7.2 career UZR/150 at shortstop in over 3700 innings. “Barmes is just a dependable defender,” Pirates...

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