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On location: Rays 2, Pirates 1


BRADENTON, Fla. – Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (6-7) vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 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. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Nate McLouth, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Rod Barajas, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Jeff Karstens, RHP

UPDATE 12:05 p.m.: A.J. Burnett, expected to miss 2-3 months because of the broken orbital, threw his first side session – 30 pitches — since the injury and did so without incident.

“I felt a little better than I thought I would strength-wise,” Burnett said. “Things have been going well. We’re on the right track.”

Nothing changed about Burnett’s timetable, though it still could if he stays healthy. He’s expected to throw another side session Monday.

“The eye’s obviously good right now,” he said. “We don’t have to worry about that. There’s some swelling here or there, but no problems with the vision. It’s just a matter of when the arm’s ready to get, get the strength ready for game situations.”

1:06: First pitch. Karstens to Luke Scott. 83 degrees.


  1. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Today’s lineup:

    Presley .429
    McLouth .400
    Cutch .381
    Walker .250
    Jones .381
    Alvarez .200
    Barajas .333
    Barmes .350
    Karstens 0.00 ERA

  2. Drew71 says:

    I’m about to head to the (pre-)game. I’ll be one of about 300 Pirate fans surrounded by Tampa blue and white.

    Could be worse. Could be Yankees.

  3. Leefoo says:

    Boy am I glad those referees made sure that the high seeds won yesterday.


    A Lane violation with 3 sec left? You can’t call that at that time? What were they thinking?

    Sorry, but as a former B’ball referee, I get tired of all those comments.

    Btw, someone should tell that College referee (forget what game), who called ‘Travelling’ when that player ‘ran the baseline’ when he wasn’t allowed: “It’s a VIOLATION….it is NOT travelling”. I was not the greatest ref in the world, but even I knew that.

    And, yes, I watch the refs a LOT when watching the games. It is habit.

    Ref Foo


  4. Leefoo says:

    Drew…….you mean that there will be more than 300 Tampa fans at the game? Oh wait….I forgot……Tampa is a Yankee town.

    Then, why do the Rays play there? Oh, never mind.


  5. Leefoo says:

    DK…..stay away from Drew. He has been especially crazy this spring. It might rub off. :)


  6. JAL says:

    Ref Foo

    Two 15s, a 13, and 12 won yesterday–hardly a high seed romp

  7. radio wave says:

    Hanny gives up a triple.

  8. radio wave says:

    Rays take 2-0 lead, not clear if ruled wild pitch or passed ball.

  9. radio wave says:

    Ruled wp

  10. radio wave says:

    Karstens goes five, gives up solo hr to luke scott.

  11. radio wave says:

    Amac solo hr, 2-1 rays

  12. radio wave says:

    Shields goes six, strikes out seven.

  13. radio wave says:

    PA has struck out 3 times.

  14. Kevin says:

    Sincerely appreciate the updates radio – unable to watch or listen…

  15. radio wave says:

    Navarro last out 2-1 final

  16. Kevin says:

    bummer – but the Pens won #11!!

  17. mayhay22 says:

    Pedro swung and missed 8 times in 3 at bats. He’ll be in Indy at some point.

  18. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Pedro now at .174: 10 for 23 with 10 K’s.
    Make plans now for winter ball.

    Marte at .520, 13 for 25.
    Mr. Hurdle: that’s a lot of pitches ‘left hanging over the plate.’

  19. @Dave G 10 for 23 is a .435 average. I think you read the Games played column of 10. He only has 4 hits. Good on the average though. I know what you mean about the winter ball stuff. It may be Spring Training and all, but there are times when it does carry over into the season. Let’s all hope it doesn’t for a change. Have a good one!

  20. Black n Gold (not yellow) says:

    I cannot believe that no one has moved Pedro Alvarez closer to the plate. You can’t hit what you can’t reach and he can’t reach the outside edge. It’s PAINFULLY obvious. He should be hogging the plate until pitchers prove they can beat him inside. Moving him closer to plate gives him better coverage, allows him to stay with his natual pull tendency, and challenges the pitchers to throw it by him on the inner half. Psychologically, being able to see pitches on the outside edge better will also give him more confidence that he can hit those pitches. The process of hitting is overwhelmingly mental anyway. Two and a half inches would make all the difference.

  21. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Pedro is 4 for 23 in 10 games, which is where the 10 came from. Sorry about the error, y’all.

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