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.
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.
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