Pittsburgh Pirates

Vogelsong off to strong start in 2nd Bucs stint
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As re-introductions go, Ryan Vogelsong made a good one Thursday afternoon at McKechnie Field. The 38-year-old right-hander threw two perfect innings in the Pirates’ 10-8 loss to the Blue Jays, retiring all six batters he faced in his first appearance of the spring.

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Niese fights through two innings in spring debut
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The first inning of Jon Niese’s Pirates debut couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Three up, three down and he barely had to break a sweat.

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Vogelsong goes two strong in spring debut
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The Blue Jays put together a four-run, two-out rally against left-hander Jon Niese in the second inning and cruised to a 10-8 win over the Pirates at McKechnie Field on Thursday afternoon.

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Doc makes house call to Bucs' broadcast booth
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Spring Training marks the unofficial end of winter, but the Pirates’ broadcast team on Thursday included a voice that is most familiar to fans of a game played on the ice.

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Pirates loaded with talent at Triple-A Indianapolis
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The Pirates have set their sights on reaching the World Series this season, but the next wave of impact talent could keep Pittsburgh’s window of opportunity propped open. Twelve of the Pirates’ Top 30 Prospects are expected to play for Triple-A Indianapolis.

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Locke pleased despite rough spring debut
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Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke surrendered four runs in the first inning, but felt good about his revamped mechanics in the Tigers’ 10-3 win at McKechnie Field on Wednesday afternoon. Detroit’s Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered and drove in two and JaCoby Jones hit a two-run shot to highlight a five-run eighth inning.

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Kang improving, but not ready to test knee on bases
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Jung Ho Kang is doing more work more often this week, Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said, but he’s not yet ready to test his surgically repaired left knee by running the bases.

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Breaking down the Pirates' 2016 Top 30 Prospects
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For teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates, operating with smaller payrolls, it’s essential to have a strong farm system to have any chance of being competitive. And clearly, the front office gets that message loud and clear.

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Pirates extend radio broadcast deal with KDKA
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The Pirates agreed to a multiyear broadcast contract extension with CBS Radio’s KDKA-FM (93.7 The Fan), the club announced Wednesday.

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For Bucs hitters in spring, every pitch counts
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Over the winter, Pirates officials brainstormed ways to avoid another team-wide slow start at the plate. They talked about it with their players and coaches, searching for ideas. One idea manifested itself throughout the Pirates’ intrasquad scrimmage on Monday and carried over into their Grapefruit League opener, a 4-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday […]

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Cervelli, Mercer power Bucs' balanced effort
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Francisco Cervelli and Jordy Mercer homered to power the Pirates’ offense early before Alen Hanson’s RBI bloop single put Pittsburgh ahead for good in the seventh, sending the Bucs to a 4-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday in both teams’ Grapefruit League opener at Joker Marchant Stadium.

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Harrison 'all in' as Pirates' starter at second
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Nobody told Josh Harrison that he became the Pirates’ everyday second baseman on Dec. 9. They didn’t have to. He could do the math. That was the day the Pirates dealt Neil Walker, their starting second baseman since 2010, to the Mets. The move left Jung Ho Kang (when he’s healthy) at third base, Jordy […]

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