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As Charlie notes, Gerrit Cole and pretty much every other interesting Pirate pitcher of consequence is taking the mound against the Rays today. I'm not much interested in spring training results but I am curious to see how Cole fares against big league hitters. He's high on my list of things to talk about during spring training and I'm particularly interested just to see how he fares in situations where he's out of his comfort zone.
Speaking of things to talk about this spring, I've been thinking about how I want to do spring training and season previews and here's how it's going to go down: every day I'm going to try and answer a question about the Pirates in the coming season (stuff like "When will we see Gerrit Cole?" ). I have a long list of questions to tackle, but if you have anything on your mind leave it in the questions or holler at me on Twitter. If it's not on the list and I think it's interesting, I'll try to get...
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Josh Bell attended the IMG Academy this off-season with Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, and Neil Walker.
The 2012 season was supposed to be the first full pro season for top outfield prospect Josh Bell. Instead, the outfielder went down early in the season with a knee injury. After undergoing MCL surgery, he was expected back by August. Some swelling in the knee held him out longer...
There wasn’t much going on in Bradenton on Tuesday, as the Pirates and Orioles were rained out. Today, the Bucs take on the Rays at 1:05 PM. Pirates.com will have the audio webcast. A.J. Burnett will start, and Wandy Rodriguez (Tuesday’s scheduled starter) will follow him. Gerrit Cole will also take the mound this afternoon.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are known for a couple of things: One, they have a horrible team each year. Two, they have a lovely business going, thanks to a low payroll and league-wide revenue sharing, which lets them make a profit even if fans don't show up to the games that the Pirates aren't investing in winning anyway.
That's why it's especially endearing that the...
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Rocha has spent three years in the Latin American summer leagues since signing, improving each year. He’s been a strong groundball pitcher and had a...
Alright, I'm not even sure where to begin with this one, so I'll just throw it out there.Three-time All-Star Russell Martin left Team Canada earlier this week because, well, they wouldn't let him, a catcher by trade, suit up and play shortstop.Now, I'm not sure why I didn't see this story until today, but let me get this straight...Russell Martin, newly acquired...
After Gerrit Cole's Grapefruit League debut yesterday, Jameson Taillon will start against the Red Sox today at 1:05 PM. Taillon probably won't get many spring training appearances with the Bucs this year since he'll be joining Team Canada for the World Baseball Classic shortly, which is an even better reason to pay attention to him today.
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Catcher Tony Sanchez was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Now 24 years old, he's still waiting to make his major-league debut. He batted a combined .251 at Double A Altoona and Triple A Indianapolis last season, with eight home runs and 43 RBI. Sanchez spoke with PiratesDugout.com recently.
Boston's Jon Lackey retired the Pittsburgh Pirates on eight pitches in the first inning. Then he labored through a 35-pitch second inning.
''After the first inning being so quick, I definitely needed to throw a few pitches,'' Lackey said after the Red Sox routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-6 Thursday. ''It was more about getting up and down a couple times...
Canadian player withdraws over inability to play shortstop.
Luke Scott hit an RBI double and a single Wednesday and the Tampa Bay Rays beat A.J. Burnett and the sloppy Pittsburgh Pirates 8-2.
Jose Molina also had two of the Rays' 12 hits.
The Pirates made three errors in the first two innings, which led to three unearned runs.
Right fielder Brad Hawpe let a bloop hit bounce past him, third baseman Pedro Alvarez flubbed a high popup...
The Pirates lost to the Rays in an ugly game on Wednesday by a score of 8 to 2. They’ll host the Red Sox today at 1:05, and Jonathan Sanchez will get the start. Pirates.com will have the audio webcast.
Notes from Wednesday’s game:
A.J. Burnett allowed four runs on three hits, but just one run was earned. The Bucco defense behind him was awful.
Wandy Rodriguez allowed a run in...
8 a.m. ET: John Lackey drew plenty of positives from his first start of the spring on Saturday. Now, he’ll look to take another step forward in his second spring start, which comes against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Lackey will toe the rubber as the Sox travel to Bradenton for an afternoon affair with the Bucs. Following Saturday’s start, Lackey appeared very enthusiastic about...