Pittsburgh Pirates

Bucs value versatility of Nicasio, Lobstein
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The Pirates have five starters lined up to open the season in their rotation. They also have two top pitching prospects knocking on the door. But what happens if they need rotation help right out of the gate? That’s where Juan Nicasio and Kyle Lobstein fit into the Bucs’ plans.

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Melancon, Hughes test new protective caps
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Pirates closer Mark Melancon and reliever Jared Hughes tested out a new Major League Baseball-approved protective cap during Sunday’s Spring Training workout. Both pitchers came away impressed, albeit with a split decision about whether they’ll keep wearing it.

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Vogelsong hopes second time is a charm
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Ryan Vogelsong was most recently with the Giants, where he was an integral part of two World Series championships. But 15 years ago, the Giants, who drafted him, traded him to the Pirates, where things did not go well. He’s hoping for better results during his latest stop with the Bucs.

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Stewart grateful for stability of multi-year deal
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Over the last two years, Chris Stewart has given the Pirates the stability they’ve been looking for in a backup catcher. So this offseason, the Pirates gave Stewart the professional stability he’s been looking for. Stewart, who turned 34 on Friday, signed the first guaranteed multi-year contract of his career in January, a two-year pact […]

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Bucs boast 'real' pitching depth
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The Pirates have two top prospects widely expected to crack Pittsburgh’s rotation at some point this summer: Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon. But the Bucs’ future rotation options stretch beyond those two recognizable names, and manager Clint Hurdle suggested that depth may have played into the Pirates’ offseason moves

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Pirates fine with not being trendy pick in NL
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The Pirates won 98 games last year. They’ve put together the Major Leagues’ second-best record over the last three seasons, and their collection of young talent suggests they won’t be fading into obscurity anytime soon.

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Pirates still looking to add depth for spring camp
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The Pirates’ Spring Training work officially began Friday, when pitchers and catchers took to the back fields at Pirate City for their first organized workout.

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Cole dealing with right rib inflammation
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Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole has been dealing with inflammation in his right rib since mid-January, at least temporarily setting back his Spring Training progression.

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Pirates pleased Melancon stayed put
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Early on this offseason, it wasn’t a guarantee that Mark Melancon would make it to Pirate City. The closer was a frequent subject of trade rumors, with many in the industry believing the Pirates would deal Melancon in his final year before free agency eligibility.

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NHL's 'Doc' to be on call for Pirates spring game
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Mike “Doc” Emrick described his first attempt at calling a baseball game as, in a word, awful. The Hall of Fame hockey broadcaster will get his second chance soon.

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Bucs reportedly add OF Joyce on Minors pact
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The Pirates and free-agent outfielder Matt Joyce agreed to a Minor League contract on Thursday, according to FOXSports.com. The club has not confirmed the deal.

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Confident Pirates report to camp with winter in rearview
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There may be snow falling in Pittsburgh, but here’s the good news for Pirates fans: The offseason is over. Pitchers and catchers officially reported to the Pirate City complex Wednesday, signifying the start of Spring Training and a new season.

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