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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, recently, 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 country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Drew71 says:

    Another must-win game.

  2. Drew71 says:

    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. Drew71 says:

    Minor league deal.

  4. 21sthebest says:

    I’ll get the champagne ready.

  5. JAL says:

    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

  6. JAL says:

    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

  7. JAL says:

    Wrapped up in Books Belle and Sebastian 2003 An Indie group out of Glasgow they are named after a French children’s book. This song is off their 6th album, Dear Catastrophe Waitress.

  8. JAL says:

    Theme this week is books

  9. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  10. kr70 says:

    Hope your not an upgrade…but we’ll see

  11. 21sthebest says:

    We should trade you for Josh Booty.

  12. Eric Bowser says:

    If 41-year old Jose Contreras can get a shot, why not me or anyone else?

  13. Eric Bowser says:

    I’ll take anything…lol

  14. Eric Bowser says:

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

  15. JAL says:

    Know now

  16. Drew71 says:

    Dejan called. He prefers Cold Duck.

    (Jack Daniels if they lose.)

  17. LuckyNKentucky says:

    I’ll root for you.

  18. Eric Bowser says:

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


  19. JohnH says:

    Which arm was transplanted. throwing or non throwing?

  20. JohnH says:

    try throwing a knuckle ball

  21. JohnH says:

    That article makes no sense. He doesn’t want to play catcher for team Canada because of the grind so he will stay with the Pirates to play catcher?

  22. Drew71 says:

    More Fringe Sports for the Pirates’ thread, I see.

  23. JAL says:

    He won’t play as much in ST as he would in the WBC, very different situations.

  24. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Double good.

  25. Thundercrack says:

    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

  26. JMB says:

    Me neither.

    I saw the date said 2/23, so I thought it was yesterday’s thread.

  27. JMB says:

    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.”

  28. Drew71 says:

    Speaking of fringe.

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

    Think about it.

  29. JohnH says:

    I checked and didn’t see any “good stuff”

  30. JAL says:

    Just stay off the race track

  31. JAL says:

    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.

  32. Frankie says:

    Do you have a broken right arm?

  33. JMB says:

    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.

  34. DemonDachshund says:

    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.

  35. Drew71 says:

    Yes. I suppose streaking is passe.

  36. JAL says:

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

  37. Thundercrack says:

    As noted above, the game is on AM

  38. Arriba Wilver says:

    Say Hi to Danica.

  39. DemonDachshund says:

    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.

  40. JAL says:

    Ok, didn’t realize you were just referring to after the trade deadline.

  41. officer mancoso says:

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

  42. Drew71 says:

    I typed two replies and then erased them both. My self-censor alert was going wild.

    Yes, Thunder. I have one of those.

    Dejan insisted.

  43. JohninOshkosh says:

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

  44. Eric Bowser says:

    I used to mix in a knuckle when I pitched.. wasn’t all that much difference in speed between it or my curve.

    Maybe one of these years, I could do the fantasy camp.

  45. Drew71 says:

    Pole musta been slippery. Danica 11th.

  46. Bizrow says:

    Well, she survived?

  47. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Big inning for the Bucs in the 6th.

  48. JMB says:

    Granderson goes down.

    What will Cashman give us for Tabby?

  49. JMB says:

    DKnobler ‏@DKnobler
    As @JackCurryYES says, Yankees don’t have great options behind Granderson. Right now it’s Matt Diaz, Juan Rivera.

  50. Eric Bowser says:

    was thinking the same thing as I read the reports on Twitter.

  51. LuckyNKentucky says:

    What size bucket of balls, is that what you mean?

  52. LuckyNKentucky says:


  53. Drew71 says:

    Yes. Now 6-1 Pirates.

    Bless Jay Bell.

    I’m sensing something historic here.

  54. Drew71 says:


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

  55. officer mancoso says:

    I’m taking out a 401k loan for World Series tickets.

  56. Drew71 says:


    I can’t breathe.

  57. JRay3 says:

    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.

  58. JRay3 says:

    Make it 9-1…Melancon only reliever touched up as Grilli, Hughes, Watson all get thru their inning of work unscathed.

  59. Thundercrack says:


    4 at bats. 0 Ks

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

  60. Drew71 says:

    What a great day.

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

    Wait, what?

  61. officer mancoso says:

    I don’t like what I see. “Failed #1 pick with power who hits for .237 average and delays games with narcissistic practice swings looks like a fact to me. It’s early in the season but late in his career.

  62. officer mancoso says:

    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.

  63. Thundercrack says:

    How can you tell those practice swings are ‘narcissistic’ ?

    Drafted in 2008 and age 26. That’s late in his career?

  64. Drew71 says:

    Easy. He makes the batboy hold up a mirror.

  65. Thundercrack says:

    I thought the batboy tucks Pedro’s ears into his hat.

  66. officer mancoso says:

    Because they don’t produce hits and if every batsman took them, games would be four hours long.

  67. Doc says:

    We don’t call you Mr. Sunshine period.


  68. Thundercrack says:

    Thanks Doc. That proves it’s just the voices in my head

  69. Drew71 says:

    What should we call him?

    Unlike Pedro, I’m all ears.

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