With less than a week before the Pirates break camp in anticipation for their April 1 home opener against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park, the club has one more known starting pitcher (three) than unknown starting pitchers (two).
It may be sunny and beautiful in Florida today, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are keeping a close eye on the fresh blanket of snow that has fallen on PNCPark.
A little over a week away from Opening Day and Pedro Alvarez is rocking a .143 batting average this spring. It’s the exact same average Alvarez had 15 games into last regular season.
Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones, who has been out with a strained left oblique, is closer to returning to the line-up after a round of batting practice this morning.
For the second straight game, the Pirates bench came through in the late innings as the Bucs beat the Blue Jays, 5-4 in 10 innings.
After stints with the Phillies and, last season, the Diamondbacks, lefthander Mike Zagurski is trying to win a spot in the Pirates bullpen.
The Pirates’ dormant offense finally came alive in the late innings and they walked off McKechnie Field with a 4-3 win over the Orioles, their third straight Grapefruit League win.
Pirates first baseman and out fielder Garrett Jones reports his strained left oblique is making progress.
Top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole may already be ticketed for AAA, but Cole is looking like he’ll make that as difficult a decision as possible, pitching four mostly-efficient innings, allowing two hits, one walk and two runs on a home run to Ryan Flaherty in a 5-2 win over the Orioles in Sarasota.
The Pirates’ McKechnie Field woes continued Saturday with a 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins in Bradenton, Fla., but presumptive ace A.J. Burnett took another step as he gets ready for his Opening Day start.
Heading into the weekend, most of the Pirates regulars are not among the leaders in plate appearances, but that is about to change.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had said that veteran Brandon Inge is “close” playing a position in Grapefruit League games and that’d be fine with Inge, who is recovered from shoulder surgery last September – well, almost.
Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Michael McKenry joins Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan for a spring training update.
Outfielder Travis Snider didn’t pay immediate dividends, in fact he didn’t do much at all after coming to the Pirates from Toronto last season.
James McDonald allowed just one hit over 4 shutout innings, but his teammates were shut out for the first 8 innings in a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay at a sundrenched but chilly and windswept McKechnie Field Thursday afternoon.