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Nate McLouth and Matt Hague homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 on Sunday.
Michael McKenry singled before McLouth homered off Drew Carpenter with two outs in the eighth inning and sent it over the left field wall for a 2-1 lead.
Toronto starter Brandon Morrow allowed two hits in four innings and struck out four.
Matt Hague added his seventh spring home run in the ninth off Jim Hoey.
Jeff Karstens allowed one run and four hits in four innings for the Pirates.
Edwin Encarnacion hit an RBI single in the fourth that scored Kelly Johnson, who doubled to pace the Blue Jays.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Pirates split up today. They were destroyed on the road by Minnesota and tied at home with Baltimore.
On the mound:
Erik Bedard pitched five innings vs. the Orioles and was decent. He allowed 4 runs, all in one inning on two consecutive homers. Other than that he was fine, though he only struck out two and walked two.
Kevin Correia was shelled by the Twins. 10 runs in 2.1 innings...
Nutting likes the looks of the 2012 Pirates. He figures he will make 25-30 million this season with the rise in ticket prices.A quick reminder about last season: The first half was a spilling over of joy
during April, May, June and 90% of July that landed with a thud on July 26th
at the hands of a tired Jerry Meals and the Atlanta Braves after a six hour, 19
Seriously, did anybody that doesn’t have Pirate Parrott bed sheets know who Jared Hughes was when Spring Training started? He pitched all of 11 innings for the Buccos last year but it looks like he’s one of the final three pitchers trying to make the big league roster after Brad Lincoln and Danniel McCutchen were sent packing to Indianapolis.
Even though McCutchen got “singled...
Orioles (11-12) at Pirates (8-17-1)
1:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
Today is the final home spring training game of the season. The Bucs face the Blue Jays on the road tomorrow, then head to Philly for two exhibition games up there before returning to Pittsburgh for Opening Day.
Erik Bedard will make his final start before the opener...
Being a Pirate fan is not easy. There are obvious reasons for this, with the primary one being that the Pirates are bad at baseball. They've been bad at baseball for just about as long as anyone can remember. Pirate fans that have suffered through 19 consecutive losing seasons have dealt with watching baseball games in a toilet bowl, the specter of the team moving, the inept...
The Phils win a back and forth fight with their cross-state rivals the Pirates to win the first game in their two games on-deck series, 4-3.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Placido Polanco’s fly out. The Phils added to their...
Pirates (8-18-2) at Blue Jays (23-5)
1:05 PM EST–Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin
TV: MLB.TV / Radio: 93.7
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
Here we are…the last spring game in Florida…right back at the site of the first one: good old Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. After competing in this wonderful venue, the Bucs will head north to Philly for two games before a workout on...
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies Time: 7:05 pm, Citizens Bank Park Weather: Windy, 50 TV: CSN Follow Phillies Nation on TwitterWe’re almost to the regular season. But for a few more nights, we have to put up with meaningless baseball in the form of two who-cares games against the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. Is anyone even positive as to why they schedule these...
The Phillies knocked off the Bucs tonight, 4-3.
At the plate:
Andrew McCutchen homered.
Garrett Jones doubled.
Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-3. No strikeouts though!
On the mound:
Tony Watson, Evan Meek, and Juan Cruz each allowed one run in one inning.
Joel Hanrahan, Chris Resop, and Jason Grilli all pitched a scoreless inning.
Box score link
Spring record: 9-19-2
Pirates' corner infielder Casey McGehee got off to a slow start in Grapefruit League play, but is heating up at the plate as spring training draws to a close. McGehee is coming off a disappointing season in 2011, but he led the 2010 Fielder-Braun-Hart Brewers in RBI. McGehee told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko that he hopes to be a big contributor in Pittsburgh.