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Final: Pirates 9, Braves 2, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (1-0) vs. Atlanta Braves, exhibition

Starters: RHP James McDonald vs. RHP Julio Teheran

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.

Radio: KDKA-AM 1020

Here is the official live box score.

Here is the TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene.

And here is a TribLIVE video interview with Gerrit Cole

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.


  1. Another must-win game.

  2. Switched from Yuenglings to Jack Daniels, Dejan? The link is to the Duquesne page.

    And I’m too lazy to tab over.

    (But I did. And saw that PBC signed Jose Contreras, 61, who is coming off arm transplant surgery.)

  3. JAL’s Wrapped Up in Books Morning Links


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 Go Buccos- Pirate News (from external sources)

    4 Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Spring Training Tracker

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    Draft Prospect Watch: Bryant Scores Five Runs In Slugfest

    Pirates Sign Jose Contreras

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Pirates win first spring training game, 3-2

    Pirates Photo Day is funny

    7 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Saturday notes: Bucs win Grapefruit opener

    Pirates sign Jose Contreras

    8 Bleacher Report

    Pittsburgh Pirates Announce Signing of Pitcher Jose Contreras

    9 Rumbunter

    Pirates Jeff Locke Stakes Claim To Rotation Spot

    10 Green Weenie

    Bucs Win 3-2

  4. NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Bradenton Herald

    Spring training | Pittsburgh Pirates of the past approve of new-look McKechnie Field

    Read more here:

    12 CBS Sports

    Pirates 3, Rays 2

    13 Chicago Tribune

    Whispers: Hurdle solid with Pirates–20130223,0,7156080.story

    14 KDKA

    Brandon Inge: New Bucco Veteran Hopes to Help

    15 Rant Sports

    Russell Martin Should Skip WBC and Focus on Pittsburgh Pirates

    16 Go Erie

    Taillon and Cole eager to move closer to majors

    17 Sweetspot

    Will teams try to tank in 2013?

    18 PBC SITE

    Locke, Marte lead Bucs to win in Grapefruit opener

    Locke begins starter competition in earnest


    19 Baseball Prospectus

    The Best of Baseball’s New Old Videos

    20 Fangraphs

    Vetoed Trades, Part Four

  5. I’m heading down to Bradenton… I hear the Pirates are having tryouts for pitchers. I figure, I’m 35, left-handed, can still throw around 65-70 mph fastball to support a nasty 45 mph curveball. I’ll be wearing 77… but number one in your hearts.

  6. Did you know former Pirates, Padres, and Cubs OF Marvel Wynne’s son plays soccer for the Colorado Rapids (MLS)?

  7. Russell Martin has pulled himself out of the World Baseball Classic.


  8. Hey! I didn’t realize there were two threads.

    All my good stuff is on the other thread. Well, it is Pirate and baseball related.
    So fringie

  9. I’ll repost this in the right place.

    From Buster O:
    “After they open with the Cubs, the Pirates’ next 29 games — that’s twenty-nine straight — are against teams that contended last year, including the Cardinals, Nationals and Braves.”

    • That’s ok, had same discussion last season–how tough the early schedule was (opened with Phils, then went to LA, SF, Arizona, then Colorado, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Cincy. After 28 games they were 12-16, not bad considering the schedule. On the other hand, they played poorly late in season when schedule was supposed to be easier.

  10. Speaking of fringe.

    I have to drop my son off at his apartment. Today. In Daytona.

    Think about it.

  11. I didnt see this in Jal’s links.

    We can only hope Cole is a superstar, and there is no chance Cole’s clock gets started until June at the soonest.

    “The organization believes in the prospects so strongly that the Pirates backed away from a proposed trade for Chase Headley last July, even though the team seemed to need a boost and even though it wasn’t going to cost them either Cole or Taillon.”

    I’m still thinking 75-87.

    • In fairness, there were a number of other deals on the table the Bucs could have taken (Pence, Victorino, etc.) that would NOT have gotten them a productive player for the stretch run. As much as I disagree with their “pick up minor leaguers from non-contenders” approach, and as much as I still believe that one player could have made a huge difference (look at the number of one run games and the Pirates’ HORRIBLE record in them) picking out the Headley deal feels a bit like cherry picking.

      But yes, 75-87 seems about right.

      • They were not horrible in 1 run games, won 28 and lost 29.

        • After the trade deadline, JAL… During the “collapse” part of the year.

          5-12 in one run games 9 inning games.
          0-5 in two run games 9 inning games.
          1-2 in extra inning games.

          6-19 total.

          Given your 28-29 for the year stat, and that one of the extra inning games was also a one run loss, that makes 5-13 after the deadline and 23-16 before.

  12. As noted above, the game is on AM

  13. McDonald untouched through 2. I’m extrapolating this to Pirates win the World Series in 4.

  14. McDonald hasn’t tired yet on the season. So far, so good.

  15. Pole musta been slippery. Danica 11th.

  16. Big inning for the Bucs in the 6th.

  17. Granderson goes down.

    What will Cashman give us for Tabby?

  18. 7-1.

    Barmes HR, his first in what is looking like will be an All Star season.

  19. 8-1.

    I can’t breathe.

  20. Locke throws three effective innings yesterday, today JMac and Jonathan Sanchez each toss two scoreless, promising start for a few individuals either in or in the mix for rotation spots.

    Really is going to come down to the rotation and their ability to go deeper in games and more importantly not give games away.

    For me most interested in which corner OF has the best spring as you look around the rest of the diamond and the roster is pretty much set. Hope Tabata and Snider push each other which in turn gives the Pirates some much needed production from RF.

  21. Pedro

    4 at bats. 0 Ks

    (he doesn’t have any hits either, but they don’t call me Mr Sunshine for nothing)

  22. What a great day.

    Maybe I should move over to Dejan’s pitt-South Florida thread and talk about tonight’s ga…

    Wait, what?

    • You have to understand the psychology of a man who, after being assigned to marry the Pirates, is now free to dally with his first love – the game of hockey.

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