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Looking ahead to first pitch of the Pittsburgh Baseball Club’s 126th season …

Game: Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:35 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score. The Trib will have all kinds of coverage all day, and I’ll be live-blogging right here in this space.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup …

  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

UPDATE 11:44 a.m.: A few pics to get rolling …

Final round of batting practice for the home team. Yamaico Navarro was killing the ball, in the unlikely event that would matter to anyone.

Always good to chat with “Coach Pete” Mackanin, now working the Phillies’ bench.

Matt Hague, officially freed, is interviewed by … what is that, Erie TV?

1:37 p.m.: First pitch of 2012, from Bedard to Shane Victorino, 52 degrees, mostly cloudy …


  1. Naterosboro says:

    From above:

    “Site: PNC Park, Philadelphia”

    Well, it’s a double edged sword I guess. Happy that Philly now has a much better ballpark than “The Bank” (Citizens Bank Ballpark) and its closer to me, but upset that they moved it from Pittsburgh.

    Anyone know how they got it to Philly? Did they put it on an “Oversized Load” truck or did it have to go piece-by-piece?

  2. PetroSteel says:

    Naterosboro, Nice catch!!! Lets hope the bucs can catch that good today!

    DK, how the heck did they get PNC Park to Philly? :)

  3. AJS says:

    I think it was a Freudian slip pointing to all of those Philly fans who will be in the stadium. i know a season ticket holder that went to fan fest and wanted to buy additional seats for opening day before they went on sale to the public. He was told they were sold out. he was confused until he was told that they had a bunch of Phils fans come in and buy partial season ticket packages that included opening day. When asked why the Phils fans did this they found out that the partial season package(a 5 or 10 gamer as i understand it) was still way cheaper than buying a single ticket to a Phils game. How obsurd is that?

  4. Boise Bucco says:

    So I’ve been out of the loop for a while; do we still live-comment? Has the Asylum officially moved? And who do I give my prediction to?

  5. LuckyNKentucky says:


    Forget about the location error. DK is not sure where he is right now. He’s been riding around blasting tunes all night. The game is still in the “Burgh”.

  6. JaxBuc says:

    Makes you wonder what kind of music DK had playing while driving around in the wee hours. I know people from other countries (like Idaho) might not know the difference between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, but not DK. Maybe that’s the Trib’s style book default for the ballpark location.

    DK: Vapors. Second album.

  7. Jandy says:

    Boise Bucco, right here and right now is just fine =)

  8. Boise Bucco says:

    Asylum Prediction: 162-0

    Pedro HR’s: 82

    Electric Stuff Charlie Morton total K’s: 500, 399 via nasty slider

    Karstens season ERA: 1.11

    Hanny saves: 25, but only because most wins will not be save situations.

  9. Boise Bucco says:

    Oh, I forgot–Cutch kick-ass sliding CF Web Gem catches that end up being #1 highlight on DK’s favorite TV program of all time–SportsCenter– 65

  10. Jandy says:

    Technical problems on the chat?

  11. JohninOshkosh says:

    Very impressed, Dejan. Few in the Western World own the Vapors second album. I haven’t heard the jam, Jimmie Jones, since years ago on college radio!

    DK: Just found an amazing song that was cut from “Magnets.” Called “Galleries for Guns.” One of their very best. Been in heaven for the 48 hours since I found it.

  12. Mattygabe says:

    I am indeed excited for the first pitch, with everyone else.

    Here’s a nice gem that’ll help optimists for the season opening series with the Phils: Ryan Howard’s still ways away from playing, and if I recall correctly he tends to really mash on Pirates pitchers. So, that’s positive.

    Not sure who’s stepping in for him, and they still have a great lineup otherwise, but no Howard is certainly positive.

    Go Bucs!

    DK: Welcome home, Matty.

  13. NMR says:

    Higher body fat: Alverez or Hague?

  14. LuckyNKentucky says:


    Casey Hampton.

  15. TJA says:

    It’s time to “Play Ball” for 2012!! Let’s Go Bucs!!

  16. Pattonbb says:

    PLAY BALL!!!!

  17. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Nice first inning for Bedard.

    Since I’m stuck in Cincinnati for a few more years, I’ve sprung for MLB.TV this year.

    LOVE the center field camera view on ROOT Sports, directly over the mound.

  18. NMR says:

    Anyone live blogging for the rest of us suits?

  19. tmp444 says:

    1st batter, 1st hit!!! Buccos will bat 1.000 this year!!!!

  20. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Leadoff man on! Presley singles… to second on IF hit for Tabata!

  21. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Cutch grounds into 6-4-3 DP. Presley to third…

  22. tmp444 says:

    And Cutch brings down the team avg. to .667 by hitting into a 6-4-3.

  23. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Walker flies deep to left. No score after one.

  24. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Walker with an outstanding defensive play from deep in hole behind short.

  25. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m with NMR-can’t even access MLB at work. Anyone of note sing the anthem? Who threw out the first pitch? Details a bit for us workies.

  26. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Bucs turn a 6-4-3 double play to snuff the Phils in the second.

  27. JohninOshkosh says:

    Was waiting all morning for Dejan’s first pitch picture. Sadly, noticed the Pirate charities sign in the Mackanin picture. The Bucs just will not bow to the power of the press.

  28. TJA says:

    Ahhh…the sounds of play by play from the blog. beautiful.

  29. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Jones, Barajas ground out.

    Pedro steps up… takes ball one. Takes ball two. Fouls back a pitch. Takes a strike. Takes a ball. 3-2 count. Foul ball chopper outside first.. Flies out to center.

    Halliday sets em down. No score after two.

    DK: Thanks, Dave!

  30. Maddamma says:

    125 years of Pirates baseball, can anyone remember the last everyday 2B to hit cleanup for the Bucs?

  31. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Bedard strikes out Halliday and Victorino. Polanco grounds to first. Phils down in third.

  32. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    DK – My pleasure!

  33. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Bucs third: Barmes pops up to third. Bedard strikes out (foul tip). Presley grounds out second to first. Still no score.

  34. RobertoForever says:


    11 times before the trade deadline last year. With the Pirates having a 7-4 record in those games.

  35. JohninOshkosh says:

    Thanks for the note, Dejan. I did not know that Magnets was re-released in 2000 with what looks like 3 additional songs. It was such a commercial flop when it first came out, I’m surprised it was re-released. I’ll have to check it out. Sorry Music Geek here, back to the true beautiful game.

  36. Maddamma says:


    True, I just meant before Walker

  37. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    In the 4th, Phils’ Rollins pops up to second. Pence grounds out third to first. Wiggington flies to left.

  38. tmp444 says:

    How about this — 5 games in play right now in MLB. All are scoreless. (of course 2 of the games are in the 1st, but the other 2 are in the 5th).

  39. NMR says:

    Much appreciated, Dave!

  40. NMR says:



  41. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Pirates’ 4th Tabata grounds out short to first, throw was wide but tag made. Cutch hit by pitch just above his left hip. Walker flies out deep left field. Jones gorunds out first to pitcher. Game still scoreless.

  42. Jandy says:

    Wow, no score after 4. I don’t know whether to be impressed or depressed lol

  43. NMR says:

    Neil “Warning Track” Walker continuing where he left off…

  44. SeanAY says:


    Considering the Buccos threw out Erik Bedard and the Phils Roy Halladay, I’ll lean slightly towards impressed! Haha.

    Can’t watch the game, I’m at work; just have the gamecast going on ESPN. Looks like Bedard is dealing. Fair assessment?

  45. Corey says:

    Bedard can give all the bland answers he wants during interviews if he keeps pitching like this. He’s looked good so far today.

  46. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    5th for Phlis: Mayberry whiffs on a pitch way upstairs. Ruiz singles deep to second base. 5-4-3 DP ends the inning.

  47. Pattonbb says:

    untuck those ears!!!!!!

  48. Jandy says:

    SeanAy ~ I’m at work too…just clicked on the MLB Live Box Score to see what is happening…so, yeah, I’ll lean towards impressed. ;)

    Corey, you know, who cares if he doesn’t have a way with words as long as Bedard gets it done, right?

    Pattonbb LOL!

  49. Jandy says:

    C’mon PA! Hit the darn ball !!!!

  50. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Bucs’ 5th:

    Barajas strikes out swinging.
    Pedro takes ball one. Fouls the next pitch midway left field rail. Foul tip. Takes ball two. Strikes out catcher to first.
    Barmes jacks one to the left field wall… caught by Mayberry.
    Score remains zero-zero.

  51. tmp444 says:

    @NMR — nah — just let the juice back in — both the balls and the players.


  52. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Thru 5:

    Phils 0-4-0
    Bucs 0-2-0

  53. Jandy says:

    @ Dave G ~ great job, thanks :)

  54. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    PHI 6th: Halliday strikes out. A walk to Victorino. Polanco flies out to straightaway center. Victorino steals second. Rollins pops up to Barmes near second base. Three outs.

  55. JohninOshkosh says:

    I ditto everbody else, Thanks, Dave. I have the MLB package but I am simply unable to wait until I get home to watch via archive. I’ve waited all winter for baseball, darn it. Refuse to wait any longer so following it here.

  56. JohninOshkosh says:

    Any pitch count on Bedard?

  57. JaxBuc says:

    Bedard is really pounding the strike zone, if numbers don’t lie. 69 pitches, 49 for strikes. Man, I hope he can stay healthy.

  58. jefft says:

    John in Oshkosh…he’s at 68 or about.

  59. LuckyNKentucky says:


    69, 49 strikes.

  60. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    PIT 6th Bedard lines to left center field. Presley grounds to first. Tabata grounds out second to first. Bucs down quickly in sixth.

  61. Jandy says:

    Top of the seventh, still no score…wow

  62. jefft says:

    Not to complain so early, and this is an honest question without an attempt at snarkiness, but is it too much to ask to take a pitch until Halladay throws a strike? Maybe, at the very least, try to get his pitch count up?

  63. Corey says:

    @jefft – so far, Pedro is the only one to work the count in any way against him.

    Both pitchers are throwing strikes. Everyone is swinging at the first thing they see.

  64. JohninOshkosh says:

    Thanks JaxBuc and Lucky. This has the making of a classic OD game.

  65. RobertoForever says:


    Its a good question. But my impression is that Halladay is a consummate professional that is well-informed and planned his approach. He and his catcher are in complete control. If three batters in a row took a first pitch, you can bet that Roy/C would start throwing first pitch fastball strikes. If three batters went up hacking, he would throw junk.

    The chess game with once-in-a-lifetime pitchers like Halladay are where the real interesting game within a game exists in a pitchers duel.

  66. JohninOshkosh says:

    Oh, thanks too,jefft. I can tell they must be swinging at everything b/c this game is flying along.

  67. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    7th for Phils: Pence flies to mid center field. Wiggington lines base hit over infield to center. Mayberry lines a rocket to right field corner for a double, Wiggington to third.
    First runner to reach third in game. Wiggington scores on a fly out to right by Ruiz. Tabata throw comes in high. Mayberry oddly stays at second base. 1-0 Phillies. Grounder to short ends inning.

  68. jefft says:

    roberto…yeah, that makes sense…just a little frustrating seeing 1-2 pitches & another batter.
    7 innings, 1 run, but I’m assuming Bedard’s not going to go much longer. Anybody up in the pen?

  69. tmp444 says:

    ATT: 39,585. Largest in PNC Park history.

  70. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Bucs enter bottom 7th down one run. Cutch swings and misses for strike three. Walker grounds out first-to-pitcher. Jones grounds out second to first. Halliday is in the zone right now.

    1-0 Phils after seven.

  71. Corey says:

    Resop in to pitch in 8th

  72. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Eighth inning: Resop pitching for the Pirates. Halliday leads off with a solid single to right field. Victorino strikes out swinging. Polanco walks on four pitches. Halliday to second. Hughes up in Pirates bullpen. Rollins lines to a jumping Walker for second out. Watson now up in bullpen. Pence strikes out swinging. Three down, mid-eighth.

  73. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Box mid 8th:

    Phils 1-7-0
    Bucs 0-2-0

  74. jefft says:

    shame to see that the Bucs have as many hit batsmen as they do base-hits

  75. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Barajas leads off 8th pop up to second. Halliday has retired 21 of last 22 batters.
    Pedro: Takes ball one low. Fouls off second pitch left side. Flies out to mid center field. Halliday 84 pitches thru 8 and 2/3. Barmes hit by pitch behind left knee. PH Nate McLouth steps up to warm ovation. McLouth strikes out swinging.

    1-0 Phillies thru eight.

  76. Wow, first 2 Buccos get hits . . . . .

    Now through eight, that’s the only 2 hits.

    Halliday is pretty good! Should we be excited or disappointed at 1-0 in 9th?

  77. JaxBuc says:

    Let’s see if Hague gets an AB in the ninth. One swing can tie it!

  78. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Ninth inning: #37 Cruz pitching for Pirates. Wigginton grounds out pitcher to first. Mayberry strikes out swinging. Ruiz singles over outstretched glove of Walker into right field. Galvis strikes out to end Phils’ ninth with Thome on deck for Phils.

  79. jefft says:

    “Rally time!” he says with the imaginary, upside-down, backward-facing cap on his head.

  80. jefft says:

    It is, however, nice to see someone struggling at the plate outside of a Bucs uniform…Galvis, 0-4, K, groundout, grounded into 2 DPs

  81. May the Philthies rue the day they took out Halliday, who no-hit the Bucs after the 1st 2 batters!

    To o’ da order!!! Go get that punk from the American League!!!

  82. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Bottom of the ninth:Top of the order for the Pirates…

    Papelbon pitching for Phillies.

    Presley strikes out swinging. Tabata grounds out third to first. McCutchen grounds out third to first.

    Phillies 1-8-0
    Pirates 0-2-0

    Bedard (0-1) 7.0 innings pitched. 1.29 ERA 6 hits, 4 Ks

    Halladay (1-0) 8.0 innings pitched 0.00 ERA 2 hits (Presley single, Tabata infield single), 5 Ks

  83. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    ^^^ First time I spelled Halladay correctly all day! ;)

  84. CWalton_67 says:

    Pretty sure that the Bucs should voluntarily move down to AA. Someone in this lineup might actually get a hit if a pitcher has a bad day or was out drinking the night before.


  85. Bedard pitched very well!

    I pose the question again that I discussed with JAL 4 weeks ago, when he suggested that Bedard should be the Opening Day pitcher, while Dejan was pushing Jeff Karstens.

    I felt that Kevin Correa should start against Halliday——with Bedard starting Game #2 and Karstens #3. I feared that Bedard could pitch an excellent game (which he did) and still lose to Halliday. I felt that Bedard would give us a better chance against Lee and then Karstens would give us a good chance in Game #3.

    It would have been easy to justify Correa because he was a Pirate All Star last season. We’ll see how the next few games work out.

    I’d rather be called a wimp and win 2 of 3 than be macho and lose three straight 1-run games!

  86. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    My analysis from Game 1: (if anybody cares)

    1. Bedard-Outstanding. 2 bad pitches did him in. I only say the Wiggy pitch was bad because it was the same exact one as the pitch before it.

    2. Pedro defensively- Nothing flashy, very solid, got the job done.

    3. Pedro offesively- Good 1st AB, 2nd lost-kinda battled, 3rd normal. Solid contact on both 1st and 3rd AB.

    4. Resop- scarey

    5. Cruz- Looked good

    6. Barajas- All or none-today, none. Well called/caught game though.

    7. Walker- getting better on the range defensively. Offensively, 4th inning out would’ve been extra bases or HR anywhere else. Solid effort

    8. AMac- The most frustrating part of the game for me today. No patience in 1st AB with 1 out and runners on 1st and 2nd. Hit by pitch in 4th with 1 out and nobody in front of him with Walker and Jones behind him, stays at 1B the whole time. Fake steal, steals strike on Walker. NH was in the booth with Bob and “what’s-his-name Brown” was even saying that” AMac was concerned about stealing AB’s from Walker and that the Pirates don’t have Pujols, he needed to get into scoring position.” Looked lost all game.

    9. Nice standing ovation for Nate McClouth from the hometown crowd, too bad he struck out in his pinch hit AB.

    10. Roy Halladay is really good.

  87. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Groat-Against Halladay it wouldn’t have mattered. Starting Corriea against Halladay might’ve gotten the game out of hand since he probably would’ve given up more runs. I like the call to start Bedard (though I like the idea of Karstens better) against Halladay. The Bucs were in it all day….

  88. pghboyinca says:

    Ladies and gentlemanyour 2012 Pirates….Just good enough to lose with regularity. Love the effusive praise bythe announcers about how great the starting pitchig was. Remember no Utley or Howard and the Pirates offensive is….well offensive. Please stop with the moral victories, after 19 yeqrs it is time for some ACTUAL victories.

  89. Dave G in Liberty Township, OH says:

    Frankly, Pedro’s first at-bat was probably the best battle against Halladay by a Pirate in the entire game.

  90. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @INCA- So you can tell what this team is going to do all season long by one Opening Day (notice the caps) outing against the best pitcher in the NL. “look into my eyes, tell me my future”

  91. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    So if the Pirates would’ve won 1-0 what would you have said? “looks good against a great pitcher!” “more offense against the other guys!”

    I dont get how one can base the entire 161 following games on the first game of the season against the best pitcher in the league. I thought there were some good AB’s and some bad AB’s against him, balls hit hard just didn’t find holes. Name of the game is pitching, from a Pirates standpoint, can’t complain.

    Typical “Bob Blawnox”

  92. RobertoForever says:

    Isn’t it Bill from Blawnox? ;)

  93. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    yes it is, my bad………

  94. JRay3 says:

    Well a bitter start to the 2012 campaign…a great crowd, a great pitching performance, but a typical day at the plate for the beleaguered lineup. Nice to think about what a healthy Bedard can mean for this rotation especially when Morton and Burnett join the mix. Hopefully the right handed lineup versus Lee can produce a little more than what was demonstrated today. Would expect Hague and McGehee to get their first opportunity of the year come Saturday. Certainly hope the end of the season opening win streak does not signal not seeing us at plus.500 baseball at some point this year. Nonetheless looking forward to seeing the Bucs when they arrive here in AZ April 16-18.

  95. Bunch of fair weather fans... says:

    It’s amazing. The Pirates lose 1-0 to one of the top 5 pitchers of his era and some people are acting like they just finished 0-162. I’ve never seen a bigger bunch of whiners.

    161 more games to go…

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