As Daniel Bard jogged in from the Pirates’ bullpen in the bottom of the ninth during Monday’s game against the Red Sox, a familiar song blared over the loudspeakers. The right-hander heard “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys.
In his toughest test this spring, Pirates right-hander Ryan Vogelsong kept a powerful Red Sox lineup in check on Monday during a 3-1 win.
The Pirates came back to score three runs off left-hander Brian Johnson in the sixth inning, beating the Red Sox, 3-1, on Monday afternoon.
The Pirates made their first round of Spring Training roster cuts Monday morning, sending out a wave of young pitchers and two other top prospects who left general manager Neal Huntington with one encouraging thought.
Starling Marte hit a three-run homer and right-hander Gerrit Cole made his first start of the spring, allowing solo shots to Anthony Gose and Casey McGehee, before the Pirates went on to beat the Tigers, 9-5, on Sunday afternoon.
For all the Pirates have accomplished the last three seasons — and it’s a remarkably impressive list — it’s human nature to focus on what they haven’t done.
Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole got back on the mound Sunday for the first time since the National League Wild Card Game with one goal: Get through it.
When Spring Training began, manager Clint Hurdle asked the Pirates to do something many had not done. He challenged Pittsburgh’s hitters to take their spring at-bats seriously, even if the results ultimately don’t matter.
Jacob Stallings, a Minor League catcher in the Pirates’ Spring Training camp, is the song of longtime Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings and also has a rooting interest in his alma mater: basketball powerhouse North Carolina.
David Freese walked into the Pirates’ clubhouse early Saturday morning and found his locker in a corner next to Jordy Mercer and adjacent to Andrew McCutchen. After a long offseason of waiting, Freese found his new home.
Like most everyone else, Francisco Liriano thought he knew who the Pirates’ Opening Day starter would be. Dubbed by manager Clint Hurdle last year as the club’s “must-win” starter, Gerrit Cole seemed like the logical pick.
J.D. Martinez’s second home run of the spring supported five shutout innings from new teammate Mike Pelfrey and a three-strikeout inning from Francisco Rodriguez in his Tigers debut, sending Detroit to a 3-0 win over the Pirates Saturday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.