Some good and some not-so-good in Sarasota which makes Thursday’s 6-4 loss to the Orioles a typical Grapefruit League game.
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.
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.
The crowd of 9,018 is a McKechnie Field record.
Tony Sanchez, Starling Marte and Willy Garcia homered, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Detroit Tigers 8-7 Wednesday night.
Francisco Liriano says he was a little surprised that Clint Hurdle named him Opening Day starter.
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.
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.
Chris Carter was 3 for 3 with two doubles and four RBIs to break out of a spring-training slump and lift the Houston Astros over the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-7 Tuesday.
Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle alluded to the fact that he knew who would be the team opening day starter early in spring training, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that he made his intentions known to the public.
It wasn’t that long ago that there were plenty of jobs available during Pirates Spring Training; not so this spring.
Once again, lefthander Jeff Locke finds himself in a battle for a spot in the Pirates’ rotation. But, this time, he is battling from a much different perspective.
Vance Worley pitched four scoreless innings, Gorkys Hernandez singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Sunday.
Mike Napoli hit two solo home runs for the Boston Red Sox in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made some moves Saturday as Spring Training continues in Bradenton, Florida.
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