Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 2/23/13
The Pirates open up Spring Training play this afternoon against the Rays at 1:00. It’ll be broadcast on 93.7, and while I’m making a conscious effort to try not to read ANYTHING in to exhibition games at all, I’m definitely looking forward to hearing some live Bucco baseball. Every game is either on the radio (sometimes online-only) or TV, but the first TV game isn’t until Friday night. Here’s the full schedule.  Here are some other minor news and notes from the past week: Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon squared off in Friday’s Black and Gold scrimmage, and both top prospects impressed in their two innings. Starling Marte hit a long home run, and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. A.J. Burnett will start on Opening Day, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. This will be his career first Opening Day start. McKechnie Field got a facelift. Jeff Karstens already has people worried about his health. Russell Martin is going to try to play shortstop for Team Canada in the WBC. 
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