3/6/2014 | Decker impresses Hurdle with 'backyard' style
Jaff Decker appears to be the prototypical player who defies baseball molds and would flunk on most metrics tests, but manager Clint Hurdle and the Pirates appear to like that about the high-energy outfielder.
3/6/2014 | Weather bars Barmes from hot corner on birthday
Because the Florida skies opened up, Clint Barmes was unable to open his birthday "gift." Barmes turned 35 on Thursday and, coincidentally or not, was given what would have been his first start at third base since Aug. 7, 2008.
3/6/2014 | Game vs. Blue Jays rained out; Cole pushed back
Thursday's game between the Blue Jays and Pirates, scheduled to be played in Bradenton, Fla., was canceled because of rain. Scheduled starter Gerrit Cole will start on Friday.
3/5/2014 | Taking precautions with oblique, Locke not worried
Left-hander Jeff Locke was disappointed he couldn't make his scheduled start on Wednesday, but he's confident the discomfort he felt "in the oblique area" will not become anything more than minor.
3/5/2014 | Gaby, Snider relish opportunity to contribute
It was a happy return to their former bases, in different veins, for both Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider on Wednesday, as each player contributed in the Pirates' 6-4 win over the Blue Jays.
3/5/2014 | In Morton, Bucs have reliable presence in rotation
The security presented by his three-year, $21 million deal is contributing to the ideal Spring Training being enjoyed by Charlie Morton. In two starts and five innings for the Pirates, he has allowed two baserunners, one on a hit and the other on a walk.
3/5/2014 | Snider's blast leads Bucs' charge vs. former team
Former Toronto outfielder Travis Snider led the way for the Pirates by going 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs in Pittsburgh's 6-4 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
3/4/2014 | Bucs have array of strong arms to choose from
Do you need a plot to follow during Spring Training? The mystery surrounding the pitching staff with which the Pirates will break camp sets up as a real page-turner.
3/4/2014 | Locke scratched Wednesday with right-side discomfort
Jeff Locke's hopes of continuing to pull away from a 2013 second-half slump have hit a pothole. The left-hander had to be scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday in Dunedin, Fla., against the Blue Jays when he reported discomfort in his right side.
3/4/2014 | Morton turns in second stellar spring start
After having started off behind everybody else the last two Spring Trainings, Charlie Morton has turned the tables. Morton, who had hip surgery in 2011 and Tommy John surgery in 2012, on Tuesday became the first Pirates pitcher this spring to go three innings.
3/4/2014 | Overlooked no more, McGuiness making case at first
The more Clint Hurdle and Neal Huntington see of Chris McGuiness, the more they are impressed. The lefty-hitting McGuiness has started spring on a tear, and could break camp with the Pirates as part of a platoon at first base.
3/4/2014 | Morton's three strong help Bucs edge Tigers
Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton continued his strong work early this spring as the Bucs beat the Tigers, 5-2, on Tuesday at Joker Marchant Stadium. Morton gave up just one hit in three scoreless frames.
3/3/2014 | Liriano's latest effort a step in right direction
Francisco Liriano set down the World Series champion Red Sox without a hit for the first two innings of the Bucs' 7-6 win on Monday. He walked one and struck out three, doing it all efficiently enough to head to the bullpen afterward to add 10 pitches to the 25 he had thrown in the game.
3/3/2014 | Constructive critique helping Lambo thrive at first
Andrew Lambo continues to play an impressive first base for an outfielder. And why shouldn't he, said manager Clint Hurdle, who is unwilling to give Lambo a pass for the slightest indiscretion.
3/3/2014 | Abundance of lefty relievers gives Bucs options
If left-handed relievers, for their ability to match up against the game-changing lefty sluggers, are big league gold, the Bucs are sitting on a Fort Knox. And manager Clint Hurdle is mindful that it's a huge National League Central asset.
3/3/2014 | Alvarez's blast sets tone for Pirates' offense
Pedro Alvarez drove in three runs Monday, two on his first home run of the spring, in a 7-6 Pirates win over the Boston Red Sox in Grapefruit League baseball.
3/2/2014 | Pirates first to draw Burnett in his new digs
It seemed to be almost too much of a coincidence that A.J. Burnett's first start with the Phillies would come against the Pirates, right? That was the way it worked out Sunday afternoon at Bright House Field in the right-hander's Philadelphia debut.
3/2/2014 | Pimentel worthy candidate for 'pen, rotation
Right-hander Stolmy Pimentel said he's not going to worry about whether he'll spend this spring preparing to be a starter or reliever, but he's going to be given every opportunity to crack the Bucs' rotation.
3/2/2014 | Grilli slated to pitch Thursday vs. Blue Jays
Manager Clint Hurdle said on Sunday after the Pirates' 4-1 win over the Phillies that Jason Grilli is slated to pitch on Thursday against the Blue Jays at McKechnie Field.
3/2/2014 | Dickerson, Pimentel come up big for Pirates
Starter Stolmy Pimenthal allowed one hit and struck out one in two scoreless innings, while Chris Dickerson drove in the Bucs' first two runs in a 4-1 victory over the Phillies on Sunday in Grapefruit League action at Bright House Field.
3/2/2014 | Normal routine makes huge difference for Walker
The argument can be made that Neil Walker is the Pirates' most indispensable player. This isn't sabermetrics talk. It's language of the oldest bottom line, wins and losses.