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Pirates' Hurdle on Cole's spring debut: 'A good step forward'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that pitcher Gerrit Cole "did fine" in his spring debut, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

"He probably threw more pitches than he wanted to in the first inning," Hurdle said. "But he didn't back off and kept the damage to a minimum. He had some good angle to his breaking balls and used his two-seamer well. A good step forward."

Cole, who surrendered one earned run on one hit and one walk while striking out three in two innings Wednesday, said he wasn't worried about the outcome but wanted to get on the same page with new catcher Francisco Cervelli.

"I told (Cervelli) I wasn't going to shake him off," Cole said. "I was just going to see how he wanted to do my stuff so he could get a feel for how he wants to call the game. I think it'll be that way for probably awhile. He'll get some information. I'll get some information, and then we'll probably sit down (to talk)."

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Pirates' Cumpton (elbow) not sure when he'll visit Dr. James Andrews
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Pirates pitcher Brandon Cumpton told reporters he's not sure when he'll visit Dr. James Andrews to get his elbow checked out, but will likely come at some point next week, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cumpton experienced discomfort in his elbow when he was throwing live batting practice at the start of camp.

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Pirates INF Josh Harrison exits spring game with left ankle issue
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Pirates infielder Josh Harrison exited Wednesday's spring training game because of left ankle discomfort, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Harrison was replaced by Brent Morel at the start of the second inning. At this point, it remains to be seen how long Harrison will be sidelined for. He'll likely be re-evaluated before their next spring game.

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Blue Jays' Martin: Pirates 'were going to do everything they could'
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin says the Pirates did everything they could to try and re-sign him, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Martin signed a five-year, $82 million deal with Toronto, but said the Pirates really pushed to keep him around. "They were going to do everything they could," Martin said. "They were pretty vocal about that. But then it comes to a point where, as an organization, if you're thinking business-wise, you can't stack all your chips and then leave yourself vulnerable for later."

Martin also admitted that the opportunity to be a role model in Canada was a big reason he signed in Toronto. "The opportunity to play in Canada, for my family to be able to watch me play, to be a role model for younger Canadians and be that guy, it's a better fit for me overall for that reason," he explained.

In the end, the money and a fifth year led Martin to the Blue Jays. "[The Pirates] were pretty vocal, and I think that they definitely wanted me back. It was just a feeling that Toronto wanted me a little bit more," he said.

The 32-year-old hit .290/.402/.430 over 379 at-bats last season.

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Pirates' Pedro Alvarez goes deep on Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez launched a home run on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

With two men on in the first inning, Alvarez pounced on a pitch from Aaron Sanchez and took it out to the opposite field. Alvarez would later double in a run in the fifth inning. He finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and four RBI. 

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJosh Harrison , 3B.315
HRAndrew McCutchen , CF25
RBIAndrew McCutchen , CF83
OBPAndrew McCutchen , CF.410
SLGAndrew McCutchen , CF.542
RAndrew McCutchen , CF89
SBStarling Marte , LF30
WEdinson Volquez , SP13
ERAEdinson Volquez , SP3.04
WHIPEdinson Volquez , SP1.23
KFrancisco Liriano , SP175
SVMark Melancon , RP33

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