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Cubs (0-0) at Pirates (0-0) 1:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh Gameday TV: ROOT Sports, WGN OPENING DAY! We’ve finally made it through a very strange offseason and a long, boring spring training. Today, there’s real baseball at PNC Park. The Bucs host the Chicago Cubs at 1:35. It’s good to be back. With the season about to begin, it’s kind of hard to describe how I feel about the Bucs’ chances this year. I’m certainly not super-optimistic after last season’s historic collapse and an offseason that didn’t bring too many big changes. That said, the expectations for this year’s club are higher than the norm. Most reasonable projections have them in the 75-80 win range, which isn’t where the Bucs want to be but is still a higher bar than I can remember in quite a while. It’s honestly not a significant stretch to say this team can get over .500 and compete for a playoff spot. There’s lots of room for upside….but as always with the Pirates, there’s lots of room for disaster.  I’m

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Bench

We’ve already touched on the platoons of Garrett Jones/Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider/Jose Tabata in the previews of the infield and outfield, so for today’s preview of the bench players the focus will be on Michael McKenry, John McDonald and Josh Harrison. Michael McKenry will be the backup catcher again this year. Michael McKenry — Catcher McKenry gives the Pirates a serviceable...

2013 Altoona Curve Season Preview

The 2013 minor league season begins on Thursday. In the days leading up to the opener, I will be previewing the full season affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Here is a look at the 2013 Altoona Curve, who will feature top prospect Jameson Taillon on their Opening Day roster. Lineup C – Carlos Paulino 1B – Matt Curry 2B – Jarek Cunningham SS – Gift Ngoepe 3B – Stefan...

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: 21 Questions to Answer

It’s Opening Day, those two sweet words marking an event beloved by fans of all 30 teams. No more frivolous exhibition games or exaggerated position battles. It’s a day indisputably tied to ideas of hope, but also to wondering and questions that will take 162 games to answer. Tom and Tim gave you the facts about the 2013 edition of the Pittsburgh Pirates, from the rotation to...

Rosin bag explodes on A.J. Burnett

A.J. Burnett of the Pittsburgh Pirates fell victim to a April Fools Day joke after a rosing bag explode on him during Opening Day on Monday against the Chicago Cubs. Get ready for plenty of more weird plays like this, as we have 161 games in the regular season to go. [Deadspin]

The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates season preview: For better or for worse, the future is now

She looked at him, seeing him again, and the future be damned, since all possible futures ever envisaged are -- rusty sinks, two-week vacations and bombs or collective fraternity or harps and houris-- endlessly, sordidly dreary, all delight being in the present and its past, all truth, too, and all fidelity in the word, the flesh, the present moment: for the future, however you look...

Rosin Bag Explodes on Pirates’ A.J. Burnett

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Raley & Golden Shine at Fitch Park

Brooks Raley threw six innings of three-hit one-run ball and Reggie Golden belted a two-run double, as the Boise/Mesa Cubs (Extended Spring Training) edged the Iowa Cubs 2-1 in an intrasquad game this morining at Fitch Park #3 in Mesa, AZ.  Tags: Cubs Minor League Spring Training RecapBrooks RaleyReggie GoldenDillon MaplesJ. C. BoscanWes DarvillRob WhitenackRoni TorreyesRead more...

B-Jax, Watkins, and Rusin Lead Cubs to Victory at Fitch Park

Brett Jackson reached base three times on a single, a double, and a HBP, scored a run, and knocked in another, Logan Watkins belted a bases-clearing three-run triple to cap a six-run 5th, and Chris Rusin threw six innings of three-hit ball, leading the Iowa Cubs to a 9-6 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels AAA affiliate) on Field #3, and despite three hits by Rubi...

Bucs' Walker healthy and raring to go

The herniated disc that sidelined Neil Walker at the end of last season was not an issue in camp. He played sparingly over the first two weeks of Grapefruit League games. Since then, he's been in the lineup on a consistent basis. Walker told's George Von Benko that he is healthy and looking forward to a productive season.

Cubs' Darwin Barney ruled out for Opening Day

A large gash in his left knee will keep Darwin Barney out on Opening Day for the Cubs.  The second baseman suffered the injury on Saturday.  He was attempting a sliding catch of a foul ball and cut his knee open.  The gash required five stitches and will require some down time before Barney can play says Gordon Whittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Barney out for opener at...

AJ Burnett killed a rosin bag

A.J. gave up 3 runs and struck out 10 as well but the Bucs lost to the Cubs, 3-1. Deadspin bwo Gamedayr **Follow us on Twitter or Facebook. Subscribe, or Return to us on... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Cubs 2013 Minor League Rosters Released

Iowa, Daytona and Kane County released their rosters for the 2013 season on Monday, followed by Tennessee on Tuesday.  Boise will release its roster as a later date as its season does not start until June, as will the AZL team based in Mesa and the Dominican and Venezuelan summer league squads. * 40-Man Roster Iowa Cubs Opening Day Roster Pitchers: RHP Esmailin Caridad, RHP Yoanner...

Opening Day 2013

There is nothing quite like Opening Day. Growing up, I remember going to Opening Day with my father numerous times to Three Rivers Stadium. It was a national holiday for me. I remember being able to miss school to watch baseball. It was literally a dream come true. Even after going off to college and leaving the city of Pittsburgh, I always try to make it back for this glorious day...

Cubs 3, Pirates 1

Jeff Samardzija struck out nine in eight nearly flawless innings and the Chicago Cubs held on for a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. The right-hander allowed just two hits and walked one as the Chicago won on opening day for the first time since 2009. Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer and Wellington Castillo added an RBI double for the Cubs. Kyuji Fujikawa got...
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