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3/27/2015 | Locke makes case for rotation spot in close contest

Sorry, but Jeff Locke and Vance Worley aren't going to do anyone any favors when it comes to the contested spot in the rotation. And the Bucs couldn't be happier about it.


3/27/2015 | In meet-and-greet, Manfred praises Pirates brass

Rob Manfred stopped by Hammond Stadium on Friday to introduce himself to Twins and Pirates players, but Major League Baseball's 10th Commissioner didn't need an introduction to the braintrust that has steered the Buccos back on a winning track.


3/27/2015 | Solo blasts power Pirates past Twins

Gregory Polanco and Tony Sanchez both homered to help carry the Pirates to a 4-2 win over the Twins on Friday at Hammond Stadium. The game was called in the eighth inning due to rain.


3/27/2015 | Tabata among 12 sent to Bucs' Minor League camp

Veteran infielders Steve Lombardozzi and Brent Morel and outfielder Jose Tabata were among 11 players reassigned to Minor League camp on Friday by the Pirates, who also optioned left-hander Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A.


3/26/2015 | Richard focusing on contributing, not his opt-out clause

Left-hander Clayton Richard's name comes up just about every time Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is asked about his club's rotation depth. It happened again after Richard pitched Thursday against the Braves. "Clayton is a guy you have to talk about," Hurdle said.


3/26/2015 | In possibly his final rotation bid, Worley shows resiliency

With the Pirates set to make a decision soon about their final rotation spot, Vance Worley made what could be his final argument for the job Thursday. The final line wasn't pretty -- five runs on seven hits over six innings -- but Worley was victimized by one bad inning. The rest of the way, he was all but untouchable.


3/26/2015 | Likely to lead off, Harrison not concerned with spot in order

Spring Training lineups don't often reflect the real deal come Opening Day, but the Pirates have trotted out something close to their everyday squad each of the past two games. The constants between those lineups were clear: Josh Harrison first, Andrew McCutchen third and Starling Marte fifth. Not that it's on their minds at this point.


3/26/2015 | Harrison, Walker homer as Bucs rally, then fall to Braves

The Braves jumped out to a five-run lead in the first inning off Pirates starter Vance Worley and beat the Bucs, 7-5, on Thursday afternoon at McKechnie Field. After the Pirates chipped away at the deficit and tied the game in the eighth, Atlanta's Jonny Gomes led off the ninth with a homer. Neil Walker and Josh Harrison went deep for the Bucs.


3/26/2015 | Hair Cutch: Pirates star happy with new 'do

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen arrived at McKechnie Field on Thursday morning sporting a newly shorn look after cutting off his trademark dreadlocks, which will be auctioned off to benefit Pirates Charities.


3/24/2015 | Kang still getting acclimated to life in the Majors

The Pirates are giving Jung Ho Kang all that the club believes he needs -- plenty of at-bats. Kang hasn't yet reciprocated by giving the Bucs what they need.


3/24/2015 | McCutchen not worried about being ready for season

In giving some insight into why he chose to lay low for a dozen days with generic "lower-body soreness," Andrew McCutchen also gave some insight into his makeup. "There was no sense pushing it," McCutchen said on Tuesday following his first game action since Mar. 12. "I'll make it worse when it counts."


3/24/2015 | McCutchen returns to lineup as Pirates fall to Orioles

Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen played four innings in his return to the lineup after a 12-day layoff with "lower-body soreness." McCutchen went 0-for-2 and smoothly fielded several balls hit his way but the Orioles went on to down Pittsburgh, 9-2.


3/24/2015 | Brown excited about present and future of Pirates

No citizen of Pirates Nation has to pinch himself harder over the team's changed fortunes than broadcaster Greg Brown, who five years ago called the play-by-play of 105 losses.


3/23/2015 | Burnett, Cervelli reunite for first time since 2011

At the outset of his start in Monday's 7-6 victory against Tampa Bay, A.J. Burnett had a problem with location. Not the location of his pitches, but the location of catcher Francisco Cervelli, who was Burnett's teammate with the Yankees four years ago.


3/23/2015 | Fast math: Caminero may have earned bullpen spot

Arquimedes Caminero fanned four more batters in two innings Monday against the Rays, giving him the team spring lead with 16 strikeouts in 10 frames. His performance so far could give him the edge in a numbers game for the Bucs' roster.


3/23/2015 | Mercer firmly entrenched as Pirates' starting shortstop

The Pirates have had numerous players offer surprising, welcomed performances in Spring Training, but for their chief episode, it is hard to top the Jordy Mercer/Jung Ho Kang drama. Because there has not been any.


3/23/2015 | Cervelli, Pirates power up in comeback victory

Pittsburgh launched a power attack in a 7-6 win over the Rays on Monday as Francisco Cervelli, Gorkys Hernandez and Pedro Florimon went deep at Charlotte Sports Park.


3/22/2015 | McCutchen's maladies not a concern for Pirates

Andrew McCutchen's condition became clarified just a bit on Sunday -- but not the timetable for his possible return to action, although manager Clint Hurdle did say confidently he that he will see action this week.


3/22/2015 | Morton's tough outing has Hurdle weighing options

Pirates pitchers, and Charlie Morton in particular, must feel a little grateful this morning that Houston no longer belongs to the National League Central.


3/22/2015 | Morton roughed up in longest outing of spring

Pirates starter Charlie Morton worked his longest outing of the spring and wound up getting rocked for nine hits, including a pair of home runs and seven runs in 4 1/3 innings in the 14-2 loss to Houston.


3/21/2015 | Marte seizing center stage in McCutchen's absence

As understudies go, Starling Marte could be the best off-Broadway performer, when it comes to taking center stage when given the chance. As Andrew McCutchen's placeholder, Marte rapped two more solid singles in three at-bats on Saturday, improving his spring average as a center fielder to .550.


3/21/2015 | First-base tandem delivering for Bucs so far

Early, pre-Spring Training analyses of the Pirates identified only one true hazard, one trap door through which the team's high expectations might tumble: first base. The plan was for the position to be shared by one man who'd never played there before and another who, for two years, hadn't played much anywhere because of injury.


3/20/2015 | Richard feels good after longest outing of spring

The second-best left-handed pitcher in the Major Leagues named "Clayton" (there are only two of them) was all smiles after his longest outing of Spring Training. Clayton Richard also confirmed having an "out" in the Minor League contract he signed with the Pirates on Dec. 3 -- but hopes not to have to use it.


3/20/2015 | Marlins, Pirates featuring outfield of dreams

It's the primary trio that is of the utmost interest, and it's a safe bet that neither the Marlins nor Pirates would trade their own outfield for the other. The rest of baseball, meanwhile, would happily grab either one.


3/20/2015 | Valle's walk-off double caps comeback for Bucs

Sebastian Valle ripped a walk-off double in the ninth inning to cap a comeback from four runs down as the Pirates topped the Phillies, 6-5, on Friday at McKechnie Field. Brian Bogusevic began the scoring with a solo homer and Cody Asche added a two-run homer to give the Phillies the early lead against former teammate Vance Worley.




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