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Final: Blue Jays 8, Pirates 5


Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (0-1) vs. Toronto Blue Jays, Grapefruit League

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.

Radio: 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score. Rob Biertempfel is full from breakfast at Popi’s.


  1. BigDaddyHoss says:


    Is there anything more worthless than trying to evaluate a pitcher in spring training, especially early spring training? For example, I don’t think you can take much out of JMac’s performance yesterday, good or bad, other than he stayed healthy. That is the real goal this early. Get work in, stay healthy. Unlike Burnett. Agree?

  2. JAL says:

    JAL’s Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise Morning Links


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 Yahoo Free Agent Tracker;_ylt=AvN8KLXkNW0TcRjzSCagLIMBbgM6?slug=jp-passan_ultimate_free_agent_tracker_baseball_110211

    4 Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Spring Training Tracker

    5 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

  3. JAL says:

    8 Bucs Dugout

    Pirates Fall 7-1 In First Spring Training Game

    9 McEffect

    3/3 Recap | Pirates Get 3 Hits, Lose 7-1


    10 Toronto Star

    Griffin: Toronto Blue Jays beat Pittsburgh Pirates in spring opener as roster battles take shape–griffin-toronto-blue-jays-beat-pittsburgh-pirates-in-spring-opener-as-roster-battles-take-shape

    11 Big Red Machine

    2012 NL Central Sneak Peek: Pittsburgh Pirates

  4. JAL says:

    12 Bradenton Herald

    Sights, sounds herald spring training’s return to Bradenton

    Spring Training 2012 | Despite Burnett injury, Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers hit away

    13 Star Ledger

    Mets’ D.J. Carrasco hoping 2012 is a bright spot in a long, strange career

    14 Bellingham Herald

    Kershaw to open on road and at home

    15 Beaver County Times

    McLouth back ‘home’ in Pittsburgh

  5. JAL says:

    Some baseball reading while waiting for the game. Title song Softly as in a Mornings Sunrise. Helen Merrill, 1956. Jazz vocalist who been touring and recording since 1952. She has been more popular in Europe and Japan than in the US.

  6. Let’s see what the potential starting lineup does today (with the exception of two to three players near the bottom of the lineup). Let’s go Bucs!

  7. radio wave says:

    Play ball

  8. radio wave says:

    Not a good beginning!

  9. radio wave says:

    A better 2nd inning.

  10. radio wave says:

    Oliver age 41 but some hits today.

  11. radio wave says:

    Jays aarp staff.

  12. JAL says:

    Oliver may be 41 but his ERA has been below 3 the past 4 seasons–threw 51 innings with texas last season with a 2.29 ERA

  13. It may be Spring Training, but the same boneheaded plays of old are still with this team.

  14. radio wave says:

    Long bad inning for meek.

  15. radio wave says:

    Who will be the backup IF?

  16. JoeBucco says:

    Cutch just signed a long term deal. 6 years plus an option. New day for the Pirates.

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