BRADENTON, Fla. –Right-hander Charlie Morton will throw his first live batting practice today. He’s scheduled to toss BP again Saturday. About an hour before he climbs on the mound, Morton will square off against top-seeded Kevin Correia in the pitchers’ bunting tournament. “I’m focused. I’m ready,” Morton joked. The winner faces either Rudy Owens or Jeff Karstens in the third round.
»»» Clint Barmes won the “execution game” in which players got points for situational hitting — sacrifice bunts, slug bunts, shooting the four-hole, scoring from third and such. Barmes racked up 103 points, followed by Nate McLouth (100), Neil Walker and Josh Harrison (98 apiece)
»»» Paging Dr. Gooby … Trevor Gooby, the Pirates’ director of Florida operations, delivered a baby last night at McKechnie Field. During an event for fans at the ballpark, a woman slumped to the ground in obvious pain and Gooby ran over to see if he could help. With an ambulance on the way, Gooby asked stadium workers to gather towels and sterile gloves just in case. Moments later, the baby’s head emerged and Gooby completed the delivery. Both mother and the newborn are doing fine at Manatee Memorial Hospital.
»»» This morning, the entire team is gathered to hear minister and motivational speaker Joe Ehrmann, a former defensive lineman for the Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions.
»»» Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl will arrive in Bradenton today to huddle with local officials and business leaders. Ravenstahl is expected to attend the Pirates’ game Saturday against the Blue Jays in Dunedin.