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Pittsburgh Pirates

Stadium: PNC Park | Manager: Clint Hurdle
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Pirates.2596821563.47
NL Central1st1st2nd1st
National League 3rd4th3rd5th

Last Game

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Pitching


Schedule

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Tue Mar 17
L 13 - 7HOU
Recap
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Wed Mar 18
W 8 - 7DET
Recap
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Thu Mar 19
L 6 - 4at BAL
Recap
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Fri Mar 20
W 4 - 2at MIN
Recap
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Fri Mar 20
W 6 - 5PHI
Recap
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Sat Mar 21
2 - 2BOS
Recap
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Sun Mar 22
L 14 - 2at HOU
Recap
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Mon Mar 23
W 7 - 6at TB
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Tue Mar 24
L 9 - 2BAL
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Thu Mar 26
L 7 - 5ATL
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Fri Mar 27
W 4 - 2at MIN
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1:05 pm EDT
Today
W 8 - 3TOR
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1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 29
at ATL
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1:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 30
PHI
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1:05 pm EDT
Tue Mar 31
at DET
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7:05 pm EDT
Wed Apr 1
at BAL
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1:05 pm EDT
Thu Apr 2
at NYY
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7:05 pm EDT
Fri Apr 3
at PHI
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1:05 pm EDT
Sat Apr 4
at PHI
4:10 pm EDT
Mon Apr 6
at CIN

Standings

NL
Central
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
St. Louis7-511-9
Pittsburgh1-212-10
Cincinnati5-412-10
Milwaukee7-511-12
Chicago5-811-15
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Pirates SP Jeff Locke picks up second spring win
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings during a 4-2 win Thursday against the Twins. Locke (2-2) struck out two.

Locke, who is competing with Vance Worley for the final spot in the rotation, has a 6.59 ERA through five spring appearances (four starts). He has nine strikeouts through 13 2/3 innings.

"I like the way he went out today," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said to MLB.com. "He was challenged [pitching] out of the stretch in the first inning, but he continued to compete and make pitches and stay away from the big inning."

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Pirates GM: Jung Ho Kang will be on our Opening Day roster
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told reporters that he still plans to have Jung Ho Kang on the Opening Day roster, despite his recent struggles this spring, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Manager Clint Hurdle indicated last week that Kang's timing issues at the plate may have to do with his leg kick that begins his swing. Kang, who spent his previous nine baseball seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization, is hitting .111 in 11 Grapefruit League games.

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Jose Tabata among 12 players cut from Pirates camp Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Pirates announced Friday they cut 12 players from major-league camp. 

They optioned Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A, while reassigning Deolis Guerra, Gorkys Hernandez, Charlie Leesman, Brad Lincoln, Steve LombardozziBrent Morel, Gustavo Nunez , Deibinson Romero, Jose Tabata, Sebastian Valle and Josh Wall to minor-league camp.

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Pirates P A.J. Burnett changes tune about shifting
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett has not had the highest of opinions when it comes to infield-shifting in the past. In 2013, he let some reporters know what he thought about shifting at the time.

When asked about a shift of shortstop Clint Barmes that year, Burnett stated, “I do not have a problem with (Barmes), I had a problem with the (expletive) shift. We play people in the wrong spot.”

But Burnett seemed to change his tune when reflecting upon the subject.

“As much as I complained about the shifts, they helped,” Burnett said. “They really did. It's that one a game, you've got a no-hitter for four or five innings and one gets through, and where you're like … ‘(expletive) shift.'

“But (shifts) saves you more than anything, and that's the truth.”

The 38-year-old has lost some steam on his fastball at this point in his career and he knows that.

“It took me getting a little older to realize that I'm not able to blow it by guys anymore and ground balls are just as good,” he said.

Burnett has posted a 6.39 ERA with nine earned runs, eight walks and 12 strikeouts in four starts this spring.

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Pirates' Hurdle on Richard: 'There's some confidence building'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Pirates pitcher Clayton Richard took the loss Thursday, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits in 2 2/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 7-5 defeat against the Braves.

"He has been making progress with each outing. It's been incremental progress," manager Clint Hurdle said after the outing, per MLB.com. "He's still fighting his way back and finding his way back. I think with each outing, there's some confidence building."

Richard owns an April 1 opt-out in his contract if he's not placed on the 40-man roster. He's delivered a 3.12 ERA and 7:2 K:BB ratio in 8 2/3 spring innings.

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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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