Off to McKechnie Field


BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates today had their final morning workouts at Pirate City, then moved their camp to McKechnie Field for the rest of spring training. Minor leaguers are arriving for their training camp, which will be held at Pirate City.

– Ten pitchers threw bullpen sessions. Among them were Ross Ohlendorf and Paul Maholm, who were limited to 24 pitches because they are scheduled to pitch Wednesday against the New York Yankees.

– Infielders went through their usual pregame routine for the first time this spring. Ramon Vazquez (knee surgery) did all the drills at full speed without problem. “He’s close (to game-ready),” manager John Russell said. “I probably won’t run him out there too much early, just to make sure. He looks really good right now.”

– NBC announcer Doc Emrick said the Pirates were gathered around their TVs in Bradenton, watching the US-Canada gold medal game Sunday. That’s not quite true. A couple of players did get together to watch the game, but most of them scattered as they usually do after a workout. No players were huddled around the big, flat-screen TV in the clubhouse at Pirate City. A few of the players didn’t even see the game.

– Here’s an update on opponents’ pitching assignments for this week’s Grapefruit League games: Kenchin Kawakami will start Thursday for Atlanta, setting up a potentially intriguing matchup against Akinori Iwamura. They played against each other in Japan. Friday night, Chris Tillman will start for Baltimore. Try to contain your excitement.