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On location: Pirates 3, Phillies 2


BRADENTON, Fla. – Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (5-7) vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Grapefruit League

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.


Here is the live box score. I’ll toss up occasional stuff on my Twitter account, too.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Starling Marte, CF
  2. Clint Barmes, SS
  3. Casey McGehee, 1B
  4. Rod Barajas, C
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Brandon Boggs, RF
  8. Gorkys Hernandez, LF
  9. Kevin Correia, RHP


  1. JAL says:

    Interesting lineup, entire OF unlikely to make the 25.

  2. DK,
    Some of us sure liked it a lot more when you “tossed occasional stuff” here on the blog rather on your Twitter account, which is unavailable to many.

    We here!

  3. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Andy Pettite signs a 2.5 mil minor league deal with Yanks. Too bad he couldn’t have been lured to the ‘Burgh for a couple years on that low salary. 240 wins, a lefty, only 39 veteran presence.

  4. JohninOshkosh says:

    Sure wish the Phils were in the Buccos division (well not right now with the Phils’ staff); it would make for some wonderful regular season series.

    @Lucky-what is it about these ballplayers. They just can’t sit back, play golf and spend their days with their families in their mansions. Desire to compete runs deep.

    @Groat: Here, here about the Twitter.

  5. radio wave says:

    I’m adicted:
    I’ve shut off March madness to follow the game and this thread. Good thing my school doesn’t play until 7 tonight.

  6. LuckyNKentucky says:

    You’re right, John. He certainly made enough in his 16-year career to “go on with his life’s work” as Chaz Noll used to say. Just can’t stay away.

  7. PetroSteel says:

    Another great article today! You are in the zone, you are locked in! Every pitch looks like a beach ball! You are on top of your game!!!

    You and Rob make a great team covering the Bucs in Florida. Thank you!

  8. JAL says:

    1-2-3 inning for Correia and then Marte leads off with a homer, think he has some potential

  9. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Marte takes Cliff Lee out. Hope he carries that hot bat to Indy.

  10. JohninOshkosh says:

    Took the day off. Fortunately, the wife is at work and the kids are in school. I’ve got the basketball going on the TV and the Buccos on satellite radio (too bad it’s the Phils’ broadcast). My wife hates it when I sports multitask so I am going to enjoy it with you guys while I can.

  11. BAL says:

    Matt Hague: “Hit Collector”
    Brandon Boggs: “Out Collector?”

  12. JAL says:

    Wrote this about Boggs in my article

    “Brandon Boggs has shown no ability to hit in the majors, in 326 major league at bats he has a .209 BA with 10 home runs and 113 strikeouts. Some power does not make up for his strikeouts and poor batting average.”

  13. Kevin says:

    John – almost sounds like a perfect day…

  14. Jandy says:

    Yeah DK! What Groat and OshKish said…we don’t do twitter…you givin us the cold shoulder????

    OshKosh, enjoy it while it lasts ;)

  15. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Boggs looks like the anti-Marte headed for Indy, but we may see Marte in the fall and probably won’t see Boggs again.

  16. JAL says:

    Nice 3 innings for Correia, 1 hit.

  17. LuckyNKentucky says:

    What did A.J. say about Twitter and Facebook? I think he said he’s an adult, he does have a Twitter or Facebook account. (or page or whatever).

  18. JD says:

    No to twitter.

  19. LuckyNKentucky says:

    I meant he “doesn’t”.

  20. JohninOshkosh says:

    If Correia has last year’s first half for this whole year, I like the Pirates chances.

    @Kevin-just made my hot wings recipe-now the perfect day.

  21. JAL says:

    Pirates go up 2-0, Marte and Barmes single with 1 out, Marte takes 3rd on pitch in dirt, McGehee grounder to 3rd bobbled and onlt out at first so Marte scores (could have been a DP without the bobble).

  22. JAL says:

    Correia back out for the 4th.

  23. JAL says:

    Correia through 4 1 hit 1 BB 2 K 0 runs

  24. Anybody else want to see the Bucs go against their own convention and actually bring Marte up to the Big Leagues to start the season on the bench or even platoon with Presley in Left – don’t forget how huge that area is at PNC? I know he may not get as many at bats, but he is very interesting. I also don’t want to see them trade him just because he may be blocked some in the outfield.

  25. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Jal-Any idea how many pitches?

    Marte-Eh, might be ok one day

  26. JAL says:


    No idea how many pitches but Meek on in the 5th

  27. JAL says:


    Not me, better to get some AB in AAA.

  28. JohninOshkosh says:

    Has Correia given up any earned runs this spring?

  29. JAL says:


    No, his ERA is 0

  30. JAL says:

    Fox with a homer, 3-0 Pirates in 5th

  31. JohninOshkosh says:

    Forgot Scotty Pods was still in baseball.

  32. Arriba Wilver says:

    Absolutely no reason to start Marte’s clock early, and certainly not to sit on the bench.

  33. JohninOshkosh says:

    Great effort against the great Cliff Lee.

  34. radio wave says:

    And Fox goes yard in the 5th. Bucs lead 3-0, Lee reaches his pitch count. Fox goes yard in the 5th. Bucs lead 3-0.

  35. radio wave says:

    sorry JAL, of course you were on top of the story.

  36. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    I agree with JAL/AW. Unless he’s gonna start, keep him AAA. Now, if Presley or McClouth tanks and he does well (I think he will) then call him up.

    Marte will be the starting LFer next year though, I think.

  37. JohninOshkosh says:

    Plus why get Marte’s major league days service clock running and tolling while he sits a lot of the time on the bench?

  38. JAL says:

    Marte has never played in AAA, spent all last season in AA

  39. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Free Bird! (Starling). Just kidding. He needs to show he can hit AAA pitching. He’s doing it now (not saying Cliff the Great is AAA, just can’t look at ST as a good indicator).

  40. JohninOshkosh says:

    Sorry, AW, you had made my point earlier.

    I think Marte should be sent to Altoona again so Jandy’s family can have him over for dinner. :)

  41. JAL says:

    Bottom of 7th and Pirates up 3-0. Phils have 3 hits.

  42. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Not exactly Murderer’s Row in for the Phils today, JAL, except for Hunter (Should have been a Pirate) Pence.

  43. radio wave says:

    Roughtop of 9th, a walk, error, hit batsman, Phils have em loaded.

  44. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Navarro in the outfield?

  45. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Nice to see Morris find some control……..(sarcastic)

  46. radio wave says:

    With one out, Phils get sacrifice fly, 3-1.

  47. radio wave says:

    Two out grounder to Mercer, throw late,run scores 3-2.

  48. radio wave says:

    Finally, Morris gets Pierre to ground out to second, game over.

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