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Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is using a more open batting stance this spring, a change he decided to make on his own in the offseason.

Fox’s Versatility Could be Asset for Pirates

BRADENTON — Being able to play multiple positions not only takes talent and dedication, but it apparently also requires a big equipment bag. Once Spring Training games kick off for the Grapefruit League on March 3, Jake Fox will be carrying around nine gloves. Nine. “I will have a game glove for each position, a backup, and as a catcher I usually carry three gloves,” Fox said...

Day 10 of Spring Training

Good morning from Pirate City. – Today’s scheduled pitchers to throw live BP: Field 1: A.J. Burnett, Jeff Locke, Logan Kensing, Tim Wood Field 2: Jeff Karstens, Daniel Moskos, Bryan Morris, Mike Crotta Field 3: Kyle McPherson, Rudy Owens, Jared Hughes Field 4: Kevin Correia, Gerrit Cole, Justin Wilson, Duke Welker The pitchers will throw “two innings”, 18 pitches per inning...

Pirates Bullpen Crowded This Spring

Chris Leroux is one of the relievers fighting for a spot in the bullpen this Spring. -Photo by Mark Olson BRADENTON — The Pittsburgh Pirates are just several days away from seeing game action, as the Grapefruit League kicks off on Saturday. While it’s a given that right-hander Joel Hanrahan will be the team’s closer, the Pirates bullpen is crowded this spring, with plenty...

Pirates SP Morton throwing without limitations

Four months removed from offseason hip surgery, Pirates starter Charlie Morton is in camp with his teammates, he's throwing without limitations, and he's as eager as anyone to see this new-look team take the field. Morton, 28, who went 10-10 with a 3.83 ERA and 110 strikeouts last season, will likely be Pittsburgh's fifth starter, which means he has until the middle...

11 chances to see Pirates this spring

Without going back and actually looking, I am going to just go ahead and say that the Pirates will be on television way more this Spring Training than any other prior year. Root Sports Pitsburgh wil cover 4 games, all live. 6 other games (2 live, 4 delayed) will appear on MLB Network. MLB Network will also carry all 4 games covered by Root Sports for any out of towners, however those...

The 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates Season: Part One

The Pittsburgh Pirates came into the 1909 season looking to regain the top spot in the National League that they held from 1901 until 1903. Very few of the players were left from those teams, shortstop Honus Wagner, left fielder/manager Fred Clarke, third baseman/ center fielder Tommy Leach and pitchers Deacon Phillippe and Sam Leever were all that remained. The team was confident...

This Date in Pirates History: February 27

On this date in 1948, Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pie Traynor is elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He narrowly missed getting elected in 1947, falling two votes shy of the minimum 75% of the votes required to gain entrance into the Hall. Traynor played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, making his debut in September 1920 and continuing on through 1935...

This Date in Pirates History: February 28

There have been four former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date who were all born before 1900 and then one other who played just this past season. Starting with Aaron Thompson(1987) who was a first round draft pick of the Florida Marlins in 2005. The left-hander was traded to the Nationals at the 2009 trade deadline in exchange for Nick Johnson. He was put on waivers following...

Heading Home

Just a few observations from Monday morning at Pirate City, as I’m heading home now: – Erik Bedard is wearing a knee brace, which I wasn’t aware of until Tom Smith noticed it this morning. – Most of the pitchers seem a bit wild.  I’ve never been to spring training this early, so I’m guessing this is typical.  During live BP the hitters generally don’t swing much....

Correia's goal is to be best in starting rotation

Kevin Correia has experienced this before. It's unusual, he said, for any team to have exactly five pitchers for the five spots in the starting rotation. Competition comes with the job.

Pirates' Burnett fouls ball off face; injury appears to be minor

Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett fouled a ball off his face near his right eye this morning during a bunting drill in spring training camp. An initial examination indicated the injury was not serious.

Swisher: Replacing A.J. easy as pie

When A.J. Burnett was traded to Pittsburgh last week, everyone was wondering who would fill the righty’s role as the designated pie thrower.

Burnett 'all right' after bunting ball off eye

A.J. Burnett bunted a ball into his right eye socket Wednesday morning, leaving the Pirate City field with a trainer pressing a towel to the impacted area. Manager Clint Hurdle said, "He'll be all right."
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