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Spring training breakdown: Pirates 6, Orioles 2/Pirates 7, Rays 2

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pirates right fielder Andrew McCutchen runs into the stands along first base line for a foul ball during a game against the Orioles Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla." src =...
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Pirates’ Hurdle tabs Cole as opening-day starter

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers during live batting practice Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla." src =...
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‘Loosey-goosey’ Watson more confident in closer’s role for Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pirates closer Tony Watson pitches during the third inning against the Orioles Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla." src =...
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Gerrit Cole to start opening day for Pirates

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — BRADENTON, Fla. — Gerrit Cole will start opening day for the Pirates against the Red Sox in Boston April 3, manager Clint Hurdle announced today.
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Steven Brault begins Pirates rotation competition with first spring start

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — BRADENTON, Fla. — Steven Brault enjoyed himself this winter. He saw The Chainsmokers in Las Vegas. He visited his brother in Seattle — even more of a treat than normal because his brother serves...
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Hutchison tweaks delivery, looks for spot in Pirates’ rotation

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pirates pitcher Drew Hutchison works out at LECOM Park Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Bradenton, Fla." src =...
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Pirates’ starting outfield ready for Grapefruit League opener

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pirates outfielders Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen work out at LECOM Park Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Bradenton, Fla." src =...
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Joe Starkey: Bob Nutting needs Neal Huntington

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Joe Starkey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — “I’m completely honored to be the Pirates’ general manager,” Neal Huntington said by phone Wednesday. “It’s amazing it’s entering year 10.”
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Pirates split-squad lineups on the eve of Grapefruit League play

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — BRADENTON, Fla. — The new outfield makes its debut Saturday.
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Paul Zeise: The Pirates should have multiple closers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Paul Zeise / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The idea of “bullpenning” may never actually catch on in Major League Baseball, but if ever there was a team that could use some of those principles, it is the Pirates.
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Pirates Stewart gets social

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pirates catcher Chris Stewart watches Snapchat glasses for social media during a spring training workout in Bradenton, Fla." src =...
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MLBPA boss says union keeping close tabs on Kang case

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — MLBPA executive director Tony Clark listens to a question during a meeting with reporters Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla." src =...
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Player's union chief Tony Clark addresses Andrew McCutchen's future, Jing Ho Kang's status

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — BRADENTON, Fla. — MLBPA executive director Tony Clark visited Pirates spring training Thursday morning and addressed a couple team-specific issues. 
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MLBPA chief Tony Clark says a lot of players are 'sensitive to significant changes'

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — BRADENTON, Fla. — Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, is back on the trail he travels each February from one spring training camp to the next.
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Pirates A.M.: MLBPA chief Clark talks Kang, pitch count, game speed

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — MLPA executive director Tony Clark talks with reporters Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla." src =...
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Pirates pitcher Glasnow confident he is making improvements

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — BRADENTON, Fla. — When right-hander Tyler Glasnow stepped off the pitcher’s mound Tuesday, the hitter he’d just blown a fastball by walked toward him with something to say. The hitter, Josh...
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Connection between Hurdle, McCutchen smoothed outfield transition

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pirates right fielder Andrew McCutchen catches a ball in front of Starling Marte during a workout at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla." src =...
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Pirates’ Kang admits to driving under influence, awaits verdict

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Kang appeared in the Korean court as judges began hearing...
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Paul Zeise: Baseball is secondary, but Pirates can't afford to lose Kang

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Paul Zeise / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Jung-Ho Kang appeared in court in Seoul, South Korea, early Wednesday morning as judges began hearing arguments in a trial over charges that he fled the scene of a DUI accident after slamming...
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Former closer Joel Hanrahan returns as Pirates minor league coach

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — BRADENTON, Fla. — Former Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan is back at Pirate City. The club announced Wednesday Hanrahan has rejoined the organization as assistant pitching coach for Class A...
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Blog Articles

Pirates A.M. — Opening day

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — Opening day! (Sort of.) Check my blog every morning during spring training for lineups, pitching matchups, game notes and such. I’ll try to update it througout...
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Pirates A.M. — Stewie gets social: #perspective

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — Good morning from the BFKMF. The Pirates will have  full workout here today, followed by the “Pirates Chopped” cook-off contest, then its full-speed ahead into...
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Pirates A.M. — Union meeting

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — MLBPA union chief Tony Clark is meeting this morning with the players. It’s a closed-door gathering. In a few minutes (I’m writing this at 8:39 a.m.) Clark...
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Pirates A.M. — Kang admits guilt, awaits verdict

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — Jung Ho Kang could be fined 15 million won ($13,117) by a South Korean court after admitting to charges of driving under the influence, according to Yonhap...
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Pirates A.M. — Financial flexibility? Um, maybe.

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — During our sit-down with chairman Bob Nutting yesterday, I asked he has given GM Neal Huntington the … (wait for it) … financial flexibility to add...
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Pirates A.M. – Nutting in the house

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — Owner Bob Nutting held his annual closed-door meeting with the players this morning at Pirate City. After Nutting spoke, president Frank Coonelly talked with...
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Pirates A.M. — WBC won’t change camp routine

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — Manager Clint Hurdle will not alter the camp routine for players who will soon depart for the World Baseball Classic. “We’re going to run our program,” Hurdle...
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Pirates A.M. — Live BP today

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — The first round of live batting practice will be held at 11:30 this morning on all four fields at Pirate City. Pitchers will throw around 18 pitches per inning...
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Pirates A.M. — McCutchen’s uneasy start to spring training

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — Wearing a grey hoodie and black cap, Andrew McCutchen met with reporters for about 15 minutes this morning after arriving at Pirate City. McCutchen had a...
  • 8 days ago

Pirates A.M. — Busiest time of year for catchers

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — During the season, a catcher has to worry about handling a dozen or pitchers. He has to know each guy’s strengths and weaknesses and must be able to quickly...
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Pirates A.M. – Jaso at 3B? Not so much.

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — Some folks have asked if John Jaso will be an option to play third base if Jung Ho Kang ends up missing a significant chunk of time. You may recall Jaso said...
  • 10 days ago

Pirates A.M. — The Candyman is in camp

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — John Candelaria and Rennie Stennett are newcomers this year among the crew of former Pirates players who serve as special instructors during big league spring...
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