Michael McKenry will enter the 2012 season as the Pirates' backup catcher.

BRADENTON, Fla. -- When catcher Michael McKenry headed south for spring training this year, he was in a much different situation than the year prior. McKenry attended camp with the Colorado Rockies to start the spring of 2011 before he was traded to the Red Sox at the end of March. This year, however, McKenry looks to be the lock as the Pirates backup catcher and said this spring training feels different.

"I think as the spring goes on, it’s gong to be easier and easier to get more comfortable," McKenry said. "But I think sometimes I still want to put a little too much pressure on myself though. I want to try too hard, especially at the plate. [I'm] just trying to stay within myself and do what I can to he...

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