Newcomer Mark Melancon not only lockers between the more outgoing Jared Hughes and Jason Grilli but could end up pitching between them in late-game situations.
It was tough enough for Pittsburgh fans to watch the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl with Ray Lewis front and center; but with Pittsburgh playing the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla., on Saturday, it was Ray Lewis Day for the Lakeland native at Joker Marchant Stadium.
The Fan’s Jim Colony stopped by McKechnie Field before heading to Lakeland for the Grapefruit League game against the Tigers to check out the new and improved McKechnie Field.
Michael McKenry says he’s spent the off-season trying to become more versatile.
We have all heard so many times that action speaks louder than words. That seems to be the case with the Pirates players and coaches this spring. There are no slogans or printed t-shirts with “finish” on them in the clubhouse it just seems to be understood that this is a very important year. A year when winning is expected. The last two years have given the fans a taste of what post season baseball could be like but still are dealing with a losing streak of 20 straight years.
Neil Walker of the Pirates understands why people questioned the team’s effort after last season, but thinks that it isn’t always about stepping up your game.
Pirates pitching coach Jay Bell hopes to encourage the team as they get ready for another season and remind players that it’s not always just about scoring a home run.
This was not a good day to be a Pirates pitcher. The staff combined to allow 16 runs on 14 hits and also walked 14 batters all leading to a 16-6 loss to the Boston red Sox today at McKechnie Field.
Clint Hurdle has been hard at work getting the Pirates prepared for the upcoming 2013 season.
When you talk to any of the players or coaches in Bradenton, you really get the feel that they know this is an important season and then you hear them talk about how the catchers mitt pops when Gerrit Cole unleashes his right arm, which is not ordinary.
Jeff Karstens is excited for the upcoming season and joined The Fan Morning Show Thursday to talk about it.
The sun rises on another day at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla., which means Jay Bell is already hard at work. With the new day’s sunshine blaring into his eyes, it didn’t take long to realize, this guy lives and breathes hitting.
The Pirates fell to 2-2 on the Grapefruit League season after an 8-2 loss to the Rays Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla.
Garrett Jones and the Pirates will be looking to erase the memory of another last season slide this year.
We have been greeted every morning here in Bradenton with a smiling Ray Searage showing up for work at 5:20 a.m.