Spring Training

Aint No Stopping Us Now
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Jeff Hathhorn
March 28, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Pirates season about to start, so before you grab one, here is a six pack of ways the Pirates can fight for a playoff spot this season. This is full of ‘what ifs’, but isn’t it the time of year for optimism. Starting pitching Jameson Taillon becomes the ace of the Pirates rotation, not too far-...
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Francisco Cervelli HR
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Jeff Hathhorn
March 28, 2018 - 5:45 am
27th in batting average and 29th in runs and home runs in 2017, Pirates hitting coach Jeff Branson says communication was key in the off-season to build off positives and fix the negatives from last year. “You try to find a happy medium,” said Branson. “What I say it’s always right. What they say...
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Jameson Taillon
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Jeff Hathhorn
March 27, 2018 - 5:16 pm
Hurdle said he likes the length in the lineup and they are counting on the tandem of right and left and the power.
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David Freese
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Jeff Hathhorn
March 27, 2018 - 10:05 am
It seemed like Spring Training really started for the Pirates when David Freese arrived. Or at least he grabbed the attention of those not just in the clubhouse at Pirate City, but all Pirates fans. Freese said they needed a new environment and focus, he spoke of a lack of accountability and the...
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Josh Harrison
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Jeff Hathhorn
March 27, 2018 - 8:30 am
The latest mystery from Pirates camp is what the starting lineup will be in Detroit on Thursday. It’s made more difficult to figure out as they will use a designated hitter for the first of only eight times this season. So with the roster paired down, here is what the lineup looks like in the...
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Bae slide
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Jeff Hathhorn
March 26, 2018 - 6:18 pm
Trevor Williams gave up a couple of earned runs in two plus innings as the Pirates lost to the Phillies 6-3 in their final home Grapefruit League game. Five of Williams seven outs were strikeouts. “It’s go time,” Williams said. “We’re all ready to get out of here. We’re all ready to go to Detroit...
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Josh Smoker
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Jeff Hathhorn
March 26, 2018 - 5:28 pm
While many wondered and maybe still wonder if he will ultimately be on the Opening Day roster, Josh Smoker was confident all along and felt from early last week that he would make the club. “I was definitely excited and they were very excited,” Smoker said of calling his family. “My dad is pretty...
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Jose Osuna
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Jeff Hathhorn
March 26, 2018 - 1:04 pm
The Pirates are going with an eight man bullpen as the team optioned their Spring Training offensive leader, Jose Osuna, to Triple A Indianapolis along with righty reliever Kyle Crick. Lefty reliever Kevin Siegrist was reassigned. “We had a handful of hard decisions as we neared the end of camp,...
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Jose Osuna
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Jeff Hathhorn
March 26, 2018 - 8:28 am
The Pirates have hours now to make decisions on their roster, barring picking up a waiver claim, the everyday players are set, but the bullpen has some questions. If the Pirates go with 13 bench players, Jose Osuna will get the call and based on spring numbers, why not? The 25-year-old Osuna leads...
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Francisco Cervelli and Jose Osuna
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Jeff Hathhorn
March 25, 2018 - 5:38 pm
Home runs in back-to-back games for Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli as the Bucs beat Toronto 7-4 on Sunday. Hitting .400. Cervelli now has four homers in his last seven games. Cervelli hit five homers all of last year and only hit one in 2016 in the regular season. The Pirates lead the...
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