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 Pirates acquired him last June. McKenry admitted that spending the 2011 season with three different teams, and learning three different pitching staffs weighed on him.

“I feel way more relaxed [now]," McKenry said on day four of spring training.  "Coming into camp and being with the team that hopefully you’re going to be with, instead of getting traded twice, trying t...

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