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Pirates Split Squad Finishes Day 2-0

Vance Worley and Gerrit Cole became the first Pirates pitchers to complete 5 innings as the Bucs beat the Phillies, 6-5, in Bradenton and the Twins, 4-2 in Fort Myers. But the news of the day was the revelation that catcher Tony Sanchez “is on the club,” according to manager Clint Hurdle.

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Former Pirates’ Trainer Frank Velasquez Talks Spring Training Injuries

In his weekly “VESLA 360 Injury Report” exclusively here on 937thefan.com, former Pittsburgh Pirates trainer Frank Velasquez takes a look at some injuries the Pirates are dealing with in spring training.

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Pirates’ Catcher Tony Sanchez Makes Big League Team

To hear him say it, the experience in the Dominican Winter League was not a pleasant one for Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez, but the things he learned there have helped him make the big league club out of spring training.

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Alvarez Doubles, Homers As Pirates Beat Phillies 6-5

Pedro Alvarez had three hits, including an RBI double and a two-run homer, as a Pittsburgh Pirates’ split squad beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Friday.

03/20/2015

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Pirates’ Cervelli Homers Twice Off Twins’ Gibson

Francisco Cervelli homered twice off Kyle Gibson on Friday, leading a Pittsburgh Pirates split squad to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

03/20/2015

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Buster Olney Predicts Pirates To Win World Series

Expectations in Pittsburgh have been on the rise for the Pirates as they’ve now made the playoffs in back-to-back years, but one national expert has taken that to a whole new level.

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Jim Colony Talks With ‘Big’ Brad Lincoln

Covering Spring Training the last 2 weeks it finally dawned on me. It’s gonna drive me to drinkin’ … to try to write a new song about my buddy Brad Lincoln.

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Pirates Fall To Orioles 6-4

Some good and some not-so-good in Sarasota which makes Thursday’s 6-4 loss to the Orioles a typical Grapefruit League game.

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Tillman Strong In Orioles’ 6-4 Win Over Pirates

Chris Tillman allowed one run in four innings and Adam Jones hit his first home run of the spring in the Baltimore Orioles’ 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

03/19/2015

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Jaff Decker Making The Most Of An Extended Look

Going into the 2015 season, outfielder Jaff Decker wasn’t given much of a chance – at least by most Pirates fans – of winning the final roster spot. But, a little over halfway through Spring Training, Decker may now be the favorite to go north.

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Game Notes From The Pirates’ 8-7 Win Over The Tigers

The crowd of 9,018 is a McKechnie Field record.

03/19/2015

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 1: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after striking out in the third inning during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in game two of a doubleheader on May 1, 2014 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

Pirates Hit 3 HRs, Beat Tigers 8-7

Tony Sanchez, Starling Marte and Willy Garcia homered, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Detroit Tigers 8-7 Wednesday night.

03/18/2015

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Liriano Ready For Second Straight Opening Day Start

Francisco Liriano says he was a little surprised that Clint Hurdle named him Opening Day starter.

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Hot Josh Harrison Picking Up Where He Left Off In 2014

In the past, Josh Harrison has needed to win a spot – even a spot on the bench – during Spring Training. But, after finally nailing down a starting position at third base by finishing second in the National League with a .315 average, Harrison is still competing as if his job is on the line.

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Pirates Notes: Jeff Locke Gets Rocked, Pirates Announce Starting Rotation

Some news after the Pirates dreadfully long 13-7 loss to the Astros at McKechnie Field. Manager Clint Hurdle said the starting rotation will be Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, AJ Burnett, then either Vance Worley or Jeff Locke followed by Charlie Morton.

93-7 The Fan–03/17/2015

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