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Final: Pirates 3, Rays 2, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates vs. Tampa Bay Rays, exhibition

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. RHP Roberto Hernandez

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte, Fla.

Radio: 93.7 The Fan

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 Travis Snider

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.


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  4. Good morning DK,
    I still have a question from your Fridays column. You mentioned that Hurdle lost his clubhouse to some players last year. Can you identify the players? Are they still with the Team?

    • We knew last season that Correia was not pleased with how he was handled. As for others, Barajas and Hanrahan the only two not back this season.

      • I know you’re just stating facts re the last two. But I can’t imagine Barrabbas being one of the little lost souls.

        First, Hurdle mostly stuck with B despite ineffective hitting. Which B made up for with ineffective D.

        Second, at the conclusion of the season, B let it be known that he’d like to return.

        No. What we need to do is find out who worshipped teary-eyed at the shrine of the martyred Saint McGehee.

        I think it was Thunder.

    • I think it seems to be more of players just questioning/ wondering about some of Hurdles moves and strategy. I didn’t get the sense (from DK’s comments) that he lost part of the clubhouse.

      Maybe some of the players thought Hurdle should have spoken up and had the skeet shooting trip cancelled.

  5. I think I’m gonna cry

  6. Alas, McGehee will play this season for Japan’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles ($1.5M 1-year contract) which, thus, makes the Yankees completely tank this season.

  7. Stuart, from yesterday AM:

    - Thanks
    - I’m going to McKechnie to watch next Sunday’s game, May 3. Sharing a season ticket again. I take most of the weekend games. Great seat: behind home plate, seven rows back, in the first raised row behind the concourse (sidewalk).

    i share the seat location each year because if anyone comes to a game, look me up. It is one of the easiest seat locations in the building to get to and find. And besides, I’m easy to spot. Only person in first two rows behind the concourse who is 1) under 70 or 2) wearing a restraining order.

  8. Snider looks fairly svelt in that vid, considering all the eating he tweets about. Must have worked out hard in the offseason.

    And Drew, why aren’t you in Port Charlotte today with 24/7 covering this game? BTW, next Sunday is NOT May 3rd.

  9. +10

    I’ve been wondering all morning how someone could think it’s May already.

  10. Trying to renew my subscription to MLB.TV

    Love the product.
    Absolutely HATE the customer service.

  11. As someone who loves to mix his metaphors, I’ll say what I say everyday at work right before I get started… Lets get this ball on the road!

    Glad I checked in today because I had no idea there was a radio game. I had planned on going to Marshalls to buy some desperately needed pants today, but the prospect of resting my tired and sore body parts during a rare day-off from work while listening to a Pirate game might just trump that decision.

  12. Strasburg pitching for the Nats today vrs the Mets.

  13. No video today for the Pirates game on MLB.TV

  14. Dejan. When your packing for Bradenton. Don’t forget the tape measure.

    We expect hard news reports. Real numbers.

    Butts and waists. Butts and waists.

  15. Mets’ former player & broadcaster Keith Hernandez has shaved off his moustache.

    (No word about his waist, Drew…)

  16. THE GAME IS ON!!


  17. Surprised Martin isn’t playing SS to get him ready for the WBC.

    What are the odds he gets hurt playing outta position during the WBC and the Bucs goota promoate Sanchez? I’m thinking muscle pull, hammy or oblique, and a long stint on the DL.

    And I am being optimistic this year……..

  18. BTW, let me be the first, now that the baseball seaon is officially underway…..

    Fire Neal Huntington!!!! Yesterday!!!

  19. After listening to ten old-people commercials regarding nursing homes and joint relief, I get Kevin Casey talking about hoops. Thought game was on 93.7 The Fan?


  20. Stuart,

    It is on 93.7 the fan.

    Just heard Martin will NOT be playing SS during the WBC! Sure glad someone showed some baseball/common sense, both of which are uncommon in the PBC FO.

  21. If Danielle Steel wrote a book about Burnett’s second Pirates season, she would title it

    The Two Eyes of AJ

    (I have no earthly idea why I thought of that)

  22. Thought someone might do Play by Play on the blog. Kind of interested to see how that will go with new format.

  23. Did the Twins start Correia and Ryan Doumit as their battery today?

  24. The Buccos have thrown out a baserunner and Marte has stolen a base….who are these guys?

    Still 0-0, Locke seemed to pitch well in his 3 innings.

    Snider just beat a throw which would have DPed him.

    Buccos lead 1-0! Marte scored from third on a ground out by Jones.

  25. Such a joy to hear Tim “There’s A Drive, Way Back … But The Ballpark’s Gonna Hold It” Nevertt again!

  26. This is one of the pictures I’m particularly interested in the spring

  27. Not sure if it took: Anyone like to help walk me through how to put an image inside my avatar box?

  28. Malkin out indefinitely with “concussion like symptoms.”

  29. 3-0 Pirates.

    Read that again.

    Three Nothing PIRATES.

    This game will define them.

  30. Where is the season’s first post on how “real” Pirate fans should think?

  31. Balk! Balk!

    The most exciting play in baseball.

  32. Should have invoked that mercy rule…….

  33. Raise the Jolly Roger!

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