BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates started their minor league Spring Training schedule today, going up against the farm teams from the Atlanta Braves. That's a change of pace from previous years, where they have only played the Yankees, Phillies, and Blue Jays. They will still play those teams this spring, but the Braves have been added to the mix.
The two A-ball teams were home today, with the Indianapolis and Altoona teams on the road. Don't read too much into those designations, as the rosters are far from set right now. You typically have guys playing a level higher than where they will start the season, with most of the Indianapolis roster being made up of guys who will be in Altoona this year, and so on, to the point where the West Virginia team is made up of extended Spring Training g...
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