3/11/2014 | Pirates fan growing up, Kinney living the 'dream'
Veteran reliever Josh Kinney has spent this spring as a Pittsburgh Pirate, wearing the same Black n' Gold for which he used to cheer from the seats of Three Rivers Stadium. "I always dreamed of playing for the Pirates and putting on the black and gold," he said. "It's a dream come true."
3/10/2014 | Jackson getting noticed at Pirates' camp
Jay Jackson has started 107 games in the Minors and pitched in a total of 153, winning 38 of them while putting up an ERA of 4.42 in 672 innings -- all without a sniff of big league air.
3/10/2014 | Hurdle, Bucs keep mulling over lefty-hitting options
Monday's starting lineup included a quintet of lefty-hitting contestants that figures into the competition for supporting roles at right field and first base.
3/10/2014 | Martin belts fourth homer as Bucs edged late
Chase d'Arnaud gave the Pirates a three-run lead with a two-out homer in the sixth, but the Orioles mounted a late comeback to take the 7-6 win on Monday.
3/10/2014 | Taillon among first cuts as Bucs look to the future
Top prospect Jameson Taillon was reassigned to Minor League camp, fellow right-hander Casey Sadler was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis and lefty Joely Rodriguez was optioned to Double-A Altoona.
3/10/2014 | Taillon among first round of Pirates' cuts
The Pirates made their first round of Spring Training roster moves on Monday, sending six players -- including top prospect Jameson Taillon -- to the Minors.
3/9/2014 | Volquez's rough start not all on his shoulders
Rotation hopeful Edinson Volquez couldn't make it through three innings on Sunday, but catcher Tony Sanchez accepted a large share of the blame for Volquez's outing.
3/9/2014 | Hurdle praises Morton's competitive spirit
Despite frustrating results, Charlie Morton's start on Sunday against the Red Sox in a 4-1, split-squad loss still got positive comments from Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.
3/9/2014 | Using spring to sharpen up, Marte eyes improvement
Starling Marte strongly feels he will improve on his 2013 performance, partly because he feels strong after a relatively inactive offseason. But while Marte came into this Spring Training better rested, he also felt less sharp.
3/9/2014 | McCutchen goes deep, but Volquez shaky on hill
Edinson Volquez struggled to keep the ball in the park in the Pirates' 9-2 loss to the Orioles in split-squad action on Sunday at Ed Smith Stadium, where Andrew McCutchen went deep for his second spring home run.
3/9/2014 | McGuiness tries to spark Bucs late vs. Red Sox
Charlie Morton, unscored upon in five innings in his first two starts, didn't fare as well against the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon, when Chris McGuiness drove in the Pirates' only run in a 4-1 loss.
3/8/2014 | Alvarez, Walker get brief test against lefty
The Pirates were looking for both Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker to get in multiple at-bats on Saturday against a quality left-hander. However, neither Matt Moore nor the Tampa Bay fielders cooperated.
3/8/2014 | After delayed start, Liriano settles in
In Spring Training, matters are programmed pretty strictly -- when pitchers work, how long they work. Francisco Liriano's program on Saturday had a bug: The Pirates scored six runs in the top of the first, and the 25 minutes that took essentially wiped out Liriano's pregame warmup in the bullpen.
3/8/2014 | Martin stays hot as Pirates rout Rays
Pittsburgh put its offense into high gear Saturday in taking a 10-5 win over Tampa Bay at Charlotte Sports Park. Matt Moore's outing had an inauspicious beginning when he hit Pirates leadoff batter Starling Marte, then walked Jordy Mercer.
3/8/2014 | Locke endures setback in return from ailing oblique
Two days after skipping a start with discomfort in his right oblique area, Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke took the mound Friday to test how he felt throwing. He didn't stay on the mound long.
3/7/2014 | With healthy Wandy, Bucs won't miss Burnett
Wandy Rodriguez doesn't walk with a swagger. He has to reach back to hit 90 mph on the radar gun. But watch Rodriguez on the mound, take a look at how well he was pitching when he was healthy last season, and it's easy to see why the Pirates didn't think they had to break the budget to bring back Burnett.
3/7/2014 | With nagging injury in past, Martin at full strength
Russell Martin's contributions to the 2013 Pirates were recognized as substantial. Had many been aware of the arm injury with which he played most of the season, it may also have been recognized as heroic.
3/7/2014 | Morel, relievers stand out in Pirates' 'B' game
Left-hander Justin Wilson and Bryan Morris, two big elements of the Pirates' 2013 bullpen who had gotten off to rocky starts this spring, got back on track during Friday morning's "B" game against the Twins at Pirate City. Brent Morel hit a three-run homer.
3/7/2014 | Griffey Jr. has extremely high praise for Cutch
Andrew McCutchen once acknowledged that Ken Griffey Jr.'s AL MVP Award-winning season in 1997 had inspired him to pursue baseball as a career, and he said it was "cool and significant" to hear The Kid say that McCutchen is the best player in baseball.
3/7/2014 | Wandy makes progress in latest outing
With his comfort and confidence clearly growing every time he takes the mound, Wandy Rodriguez took another significant step on his comeback from a forearm injury with Friday's start against Minnesota.
3/7/2014 | Cutch homers in dominant day, but Bucs fall late
Andrew McCutchen, playing for only the second time in a week, went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in the Pirates' 6-5 loss to the Twins on Friday at McKechnie Field.
3/6/2014 | Decker impresses Hurdle with 'backyard' style
Jaff Decker appears to be the prototypical player who defies baseball molds and would flunk on most metrics tests, but manager Clint Hurdle and the Pirates appear to like that about the high-energy outfielder.
3/6/2014 | Weather bars Barmes from hot corner on birthday
Because the Florida skies opened up, Clint Barmes was unable to open his birthday "gift." Barmes turned 35 on Thursday and, coincidentally or not, was given what would have been his first start at third base since Aug. 7, 2008.
3/6/2014 | Game vs. Blue Jays rained out; Cole pushed back
Thursday's game between the Blue Jays and Pirates, scheduled to be played in Bradenton, Fla., was canceled because of rain. Scheduled starter Gerrit Cole will start on Friday.
3/5/2014 | Taking precautions with oblique, Locke not worried
Left-hander Jeff Locke was disappointed he couldn't make his scheduled start on Wednesday, but he's confident the discomfort he felt "in the oblique area" will not become anything more than minor.
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