Pittsburgh Pirates

Bard hoping to find new stride in Bucs' bullpen
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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.

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Vogelsong takes 'step in right direction' with outing
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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.

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Florimon, Goebbert back Vogelsong in win
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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.

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Glasnow, Taillon among 8 sent to Minors
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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.

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Marte connects, Cole debuts in windy slugfest
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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.

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Huntington, Bucs on track for 'next step'
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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.

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Cole ready to build on first spring start
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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.

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Harrison turns soft grounder into double
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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.

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Stallings will have eye on NCAA bracket
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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.

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Freese content with 'whatever my role is'
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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.

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Liriano honored to get Opening Day nod
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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.

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Locke fans five, Morse doubles vs. Tigers
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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.

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