Walker Scratched with Back Tightness

BRADENTON, Fla. — Second baseman Neil Walker was an early morning scratch from the lineup for today’s 1:05 game at McKechnie Field against the Toronto Blue Jays. Walker, 26, was scratched due to lower back tightness. Walker said today that his lower back was a little tight during Tuesday’s 7-4 win over the Yankees,  got worse afterwards. For precaution this early in spring training, Walker is day-to-day but will...

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Wilson Makes Impressive Spring Debut

BRADENTON, Fla. — Lefty Justin Wilson took the mound at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. on Monday night for his first outing of the spring. After walking his first batter, the 24-year-old settled down and looked impressive in his 2012 spring debut. “I had some jitters,” Wilson said. “Especially with the first hitter. It’s always nice to get out there and once I slowed things down, I felt good and just wanted...

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McCutchen Was Meant to Be a Pirate

BRADENTON, Fla. — While playing baseball in High School at Fort Meade High School in Fort Meade, Fla., Andrew McCutchen’s school colors were black and gold. Maybe it was kind of meant to be for McCutchen to be a Pittsburgh Pirate. “Maybe I’m a little partial just because my colors were black and gold in high school too,” McCutchen said during his contract press conference at McKechnie Field. “I didn’t...

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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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Presley One of Several Bucs with the Green Light

SARASOTA, Fla. — Last season combined with both Pittsburgh and Triple-A Indianapolis outfielder Alex Presley swiped 31 bags –using his speed to his advantage. This year you may just see Presley steal even more bases. He’s one of the few Buccos that have a green light on the base paths this season. The others? Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata. The Pirates other speedy outfielders. Being giving the green light is...

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