First Pitch: Highlights from Tuesday’s Action

There were some minor news items from Tuesday’s practice and some videos posted, as we are now just 16 days away from the start of the 2020 season. Here are the quick highlights:

Steve Brault talked about his possible role, mentioning that he could split games with Chad Kuhl, with both seeing multiple innings in the same game aka piggyback.

The Pirates announced that all of their games would be on AT&T Sportsnet this season.

They also showed five seconds of them playing under the lights

There was action going on in Altoona and we have brief video proof

Pirates are desperate for pitching with Taillon, Archer and Santana unavailable this season, so manager Derek Shelton is throwing his hat in the ring

Here’s Taillon pitching, don’t blink, it’s a quick video

Still no word on possible exhibition games against other teams. They’re allowed to schedule three of those games, so maybe we will hear something soon.

**We will have at least four articles today, including the one you’re currently reading. If any news comes up, we will have more. The other scheduled articles for today are as follows:

This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History – Birthdays include Josh Harrison and an obscure Hall of Famer who pitched many many years ago for the Alleghenys.

Card of the Day – The latest Card of the Day feature is another reader submission featuring one of the Pirates all-time greats

1979 Season Recap – Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds play a doubleheader!

Happy Wednesday to everyone!

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