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Let’s get it started

PNC Park is quiet and empty at the moment, but it won't be for long.

PNC Park is quiet and empty at the moment, but it won't be for long.

Happy Opening Day, everyone.

With a half-dozen unpacked suitcases strew around his desk, manager Clint Hurdle yesterday talked to reporters who crammed into his office. “We’re extremely excited to be back,” Hurdle said. “Ten weeks down in Florida, the team put its time in. It’s time to play ball. We’re very optimistic. We’re improved across the board. We’ve got more depth in our starting pitching. We’ve got a bullpen that’s going to be very efficient — it will be even more efficient, depending upon the innings the starters give us. Our position player pool is definitely stronger, more versatile, more athletic. We’re just a better club. We’ve got to go prove it on the field now.”

»»» It’s magnetic schedule day. Sister Mary Bride Diamond, a member of Pittsburgh’s Sisters of Charity for 59 years, will be honored as the “fan of the game.” One of her “bucket list” items was to be surrounded by the Pirates on the field at PNC Park. Army Ranger Jeremy Feldbusch, who was injured during a tour of duty in Iraq, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Feldbusch will represent the Wounded Warriors Project.

Game 1: Philadelphia @ Pirates, 1:35 p.m. ET

Phillies (0-0) – 1. Shane Victorino cf, 2. Placido Polanco 3b, 3. Jimmy Rollins ss, 4. Hunter Pence rf, 5. Ty Wigginton 1b, 6. John Mayberry lf, 7. Carlos Ruiz c, 8. Freddy Galvis 2b, 9. Roy Halladay rhp (season debut)

Pirates (0-0) – 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Jose Tabata rf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Garrett Jones 1b, 6. Rod Barajas c, 7. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. Erik Bedard lhp (season debut)



  1. Pants-n-at says:

    Go Buccos!! Please don’t break our hearts again this year!

  2. Keith says:

    Hope Alvarez gets some good swings in today – I don’t expect to see him against Lee or Hamels. I’m guessing Hague gets one of those two starts this weekend. This will be an interesting ten days.

  3. Pants-n-at says:

    With a righty starting, why not go ahead and start Mclouth over Tabata too?? I got no problems with platooning as long as it gets results.

  4. joel says:

    Tabata has no power for a corner OF position. He is at best a punch in judy type hitter. He is better suited at the lower end of the lineup but sad to say he is the best the Pirates have at the moment. Marte, come on down.

  5. John Lease says:

    Depressed after a loss

  6. Chuck H. says:

    I feel very sorry for a good wasted effort by a new Pirate pitcher. I think that is why the Pirate rookies fail to produce, when they know they have to pitch a shutout or a no-
    hitter every time they are called upon to pitch. It must be frustrating for them if they do give up a run early in the game, to realize that the game for him is probably over. He probably thinks, we’re not going to get a lot of hits, let alone score a run or two. New Buc players, same old results. Let’s wake up the offense. if possible, to go along with a good pitching staff. And, with Pedro in the lineup, we only have seven out of nine chances for a hit.

  7. E.J. says:

    Hey, we got two hits. That’s two more than I expected. I’m thrilled by what I see so far!

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