3/14/2014 | Cumpton may have lead in race for rotation spot
The unofficial race for the fifth spot in the Pirates' starting rotation has an official leader. Brandon Cumpton stepped up Friday with a sharp four-inning outing -- the longest of the spring for a Pittsburgh arm -- in the 6-5 victory over Philadelphia.
3/14/2014 | Hurdle hopes Kinney's 'infectious' attitude spreads
However Josh Kinney's "dream" spring turns out, it doesn't mean he hasn't already been valuable, and manager Clint Hurdle hopes his younger pitchers have paid attention to Kinney at the right time.
3/14/2014 | Even teammates are awed by McCutchen
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, who won the 2013 NL MVP Award, has made the sensational seem routine while leading the Bucs back into the national spotlight.
3/14/2014 | Cutch homers before Pirates' late comeback
Willy Garcia's two-run single in the eighth snapped a 4-4 tie as the Pirates downed the Phillies, 6-5, in spring baseball on Friday with a comeback fueled by Minor Leaguers and non-roster players.
3/14/2014 | Mota recalls the greatness of Clemente
Manny Mota has spent 46 years in Dodgers blue, but it was during his six seasons with the Pirates that he became close friends with Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.
3/14/2014 | Pirates option No. 1 prospect Polanco to Triple-A
The future was officially put on hold Friday morning, when the Pirates optioned outfielder Gregory Polanco to Indianapolis to get the additional Triple-A at-bats that could have him in Pittsburgh by midseason.
3/13/2014 | Dickerson leading pack for important outfield role
The Pirates are Chris Dickerson's fifth Major League team, and his spring numbers have helped him build a solid case to be the choice as a left-handed-hitting fourth outfielder.
3/13/2014 | Hurdle sees new version of Oquendo in Martinez
The past couple of years, Clint Hurdle would often talk wistfully of having his own Jose Oquendo, the versatile player who extended the bench of the 1986-95 St. Louis Cardinals by alternately filling in at every position on the field. Non-roster invitee Michael Martinez may be that player.
3/13/2014 | Pirates have myriad of options for fifth-starter role
The first four spots of the Pittsburgh Pirates' rotation seems set, but the team has a long list of arms to choose from for their final spot.
3/13/2014 | Bucs' offense struggles behind Gomez in first start
Jeanmar Gomez allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first spring start, and Omir Santos drove in the only run in a 4-1 loss to the Rays on Thursday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.
3/12/2014 | Cole pleased with progress in second spring start
Gerrit Cole, the top pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, stepped to the mound for his second Spring Training start Wednesday and characterized it as a big step forward.
3/12/2014 | New addition Decker vies for big league opportunity
Jaff Decker, acquired from the Padres last winter, doubled off veteran Kevin Correia Wednesday and finds himself in the mix for playing time in right field.
3/12/2014 | Healthy Snider competes for outfield reserve spot
Travis Snider has a chance to seize playing time in right field and to latch on as an outfield reserve with the Pirates, but he has to get his legs under him this spring.
3/12/2014 | Alvarez, Ishikawa go deep to power Pirates' win
Pedro Alvarez and Travis Ishikawa both homered, and right-hander Gerrit Cole tossed three solid innings to help lead the Pirates to an 8-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Hammond Stadium.
3/12/2014 | Strong farm system has Pirates' future looking bright
Player development and the Major League staff are closely intertwined in the Pirates' organization and a plethora of talent in the Minors could soon be contributing in Pittsburgh.
3/12/2014 | How do Pirates' prospects fit Pittsburgh's needs?
MLB.com's Bernie Pleskoff examines the the short- and long-term needs of the Pirates and illustrates how the Pittsburgh's prospects fit in both scenarios
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.
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