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James McDonald was tagged for four runs and three hits in the first inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to their Double-A Altoona affiliate 8-6 in their final exhibition game Saturday.
Starling Marte hit a grand slam in the second that tied the score at 4. Russell Martin also had two hits for Pittsburgh.
McDonald left in the second, but all the damage was done in the first after the Curve sent nine batters to the plate. The right-hander gave up three walks, a wild pitch and a two-run double just inside the right-field line by Carlos Paulino.
It wasn't the outing that the Pirates' No. 3 starter was looking for heading into the season after struggling in the second half of 2012.
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The Pirates starting rotation shaped up to be a battle for one spot, but Jeff Karstens started having shoulder problems. Karstens appears likely on his way to a spot on the disabled list to start the season, which opened up another place in the rotation.
A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez and James McDonald have all been penciled in in the top three spots for a while now, and word came...
There’s a debate this year about whether the Pittsburgh Pirates have a quality bullpen. Some argue that the bullpen is very talented, with a lot of hard throwers who have put up quality ratios throughout their careers. Others point out the question marks. They believe in the “Proven Closer” theory, which discounts anything Jason Grilli has done. They don’t believe Mark Melancon...
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Michael McKenry will be the backup catcher again this year.
Michael McKenry — Catcher
McKenry gives the Pirates a serviceable...
Zack Dodson started off looking a little shaky Wednesday against the Phillies. But he quickly shifted to dominance.
In a 3-2 win, very much a group effort, with Dodson the star of the show. His wildness got him into trouble in the early innings, but he mixed in a consistent fastball that topped out at 91 mph, throwing it 86-90 through four innings. 61 pitches...
Clint Barmes knows his glove kept him in the Pittsburgh Pirates' lineup a year ago. The veteran shortstop hopes his bat chips in this season.
Barmes says he spent the winter focusing on keeping things simple at the plate. He admits he tried to do too much too soon in 2012, when he hit a miserable .170 during April and May.
Manager Clint Hurdle stuck with Barmes, however, because...
The cuts from major league camp left the Pittsburgh Pirates with a lot of options at the Triple-A level. Those options ended up holding a few players back in Altoona for the 2013 season. Early in minor league camp, the Pirates were playing Matt Curry, Adalberto Santos, and Andrew Lambo with the Triple-A squad. After the late cuts, all three were pushed back to Altoona. That created...
Really nice story by Brady McCollough in the Post Gazette today about Andrew McCutchen. I'm not just saying that because it quotes a certain handsome, beer-brewing, science-oriented blogger from North Carolina. I'm saying that because it's a really nice story. It is a rare occasion that we, as Pirate fans, have the ability to say that we're lucky. We're lucky...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired catcher Brian Jeroloman from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations. Jeroloman will go to Indianapolis. The Pirates claimed him last off-season from Toronto, then lost him on waivers to Toronto later in the off-season. His player page, from his brief time in the system, can be seen here.
Pirates' shortstop Clint Barmes had a steady season with the glove last season, but struggled big time with the bat. He told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko that he is hoping to build off a strong finish at the plate last season.
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...