Pittsburgh Pirates

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Pirates.2577291534.21
NL Central1st3rd5th4th
National League 5th6th12th9th

Last Game

Sat, March 25
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at
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Schedule

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Mon Mar 13
L 7 - 6at ATL
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Wed Mar 15
W 6 - 5BAL
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Thu Mar 16
L 4 - 3at BOS
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Fri Mar 17
L 8 - 6BAL
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Sat Mar 18
W 13 - 8at PHI
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Sun Mar 19
11 - 11TOR
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Mon Mar 20
W 5 - 4at TB
*
Tue Mar 21
W 5 - 4TB
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Thu Mar 23
L 10 - 7at BOS
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Fri Mar 24
W 4 - 0TB
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1:05 pm EDT
Today
W 5 - 4DET
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1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 26
at PHI
*
6:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 27
MIN
*
6:05 pm EDT
Tue Mar 28
BOS
*
1:05 pm EDT
Wed Mar 29
PHI
*
7:07 pm EDT
Fri Mar 31
at TOR
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1:07 pm EDT
Sat Apr 1
at TOR
2:05 pm EDT
Mon Apr 3
at BOS
7:10 pm EDT
Wed Apr 5
at BOS
1:35 pm EDT
Thu Apr 6
at BOS

Standings

NL
Central
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Pittsburgh2-118-8
St. Louis13-517-8
Milwaukee9-614-13
Cincinnati8-714-14
Chicago5-79-13
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Pirates' Chris Stewart: MRI comes back clean
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

An MRI came back clean for Stewart (groin) and he doesn't expect to miss too much time. "I'm optimistic for opening day," Stewart told DK Pittsburgh Sports.

The catcher has appeared in only six Grapefruit League games but has looked rejuvenated behind the plate. Elias Diaz would likely serve as Francisco Cervelli's backup if Stewart is forced out of any April action.

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Pirates' Josh Bell: Lackluster spring continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Friday, has two hits in 27 at-bats in Grapefruit League action.

Bell is simply piling up as many at-bats as possible since he got off to a late start following arthroscopic knee surgery in February. Pittsburgh is counting on the 24-year-old to serve as the team's primary first baseman. He could cede some time to John Jaso early on, as Jaso is a better fielder and has had a strong spring, but the first base job is basically Bell's to lose. There's also a long-range chance the Bucs could move him back to his natural spot in the outfield, but either way he's set for steady playing time.

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Pirates' David Freese: Full-time duty likely
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freese will likely see steady playing time at third base in April following news that starter Jung Ho Kang has reportedly been denied a work visa.

Freese represents Pittsburgh's best option at the hot corner, though less steady options like Phil Gosselin, Alen Hanson and John Jaso remain occasional possibilities. Adam Frazier has five games of big-league experience at third and the organization could also decide to move Josh Harrison off second base at times. For his part, Freese got off to a strong start in 2016 but hit only .247/.331/.333 in his final 169 plate appearances. He's doing well in Grapefruit League action with a .375 batting average in 32 at-bats.

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Pirates' Trevor Williams: Hurls five scoreless innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams threw five scoreless innings Friday, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out four. "This was my first outing where I just needed to go out there and let the cards fall and compete," Williams told the Pirates' official site. "I think I did a good job in terms of that."

WIlliams is thought to be on the outside looking in for the team's fifth starter's spot, but he put together his best spring showing Friday. The righty struggled in his brief time with Pittsburgh in 2016 (7.82 ERA in 12.2 innings), but will get another chance to prove himself at some point this summer; it just might not come at the beginning of the season.

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Pirates' Gerrit Cole: Strong spring continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cole threw 98 pitches over seven innings in a minor-league game Friday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "We're very satisfied with his work," manager Clint Hurdle said.

He retired nine batters on three pitches or fewer and faced only three three-ball counts. Cole is coming off his worst professional season and three trips to the disabled list: so far he's off to a good (and healthy) start.

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGStarling Marte , LF.311
HRAndrew McCutchen , CF24
RBIGregory Polanco , RF86
OBPStarling Marte , LF.362
SLGGregory Polanco , RF.463
RAndrew McCutchen , CF81
SBStarling Marte , LF47
WIvan Nova , SP12
ERAIvan Nova , SP4.17
WHIPIvan Nova , SP1.25
KJuan Nicasio , RP138
SVTony Watson , RP15

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