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Final: Rays 8, Pirates 2, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (2-1) vs. Tampa Bay Rays, exhibition

Starters: RHP A.J. Burnett vs. RHP Jeff Niemann

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.


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 Brad Hawpe

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. JAL says:

    Try again to get this game going. Pirates have the A staff going today–AJ, Wandy Rodriguez, Gerrit Cole, Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, Jared Hughes.

  2. JAL says:

    1. Marte 7
    2. Walker 4
    3. McCutchen 8
    4. Alvarez 5
    5. Jones 3
    6. Sanchez DH
    7. Hawpe 9
    8. McKenry 2
    9. Barmes 6
    Burnett RHP

  3. Arriba Wilver says:

    Is this the hockey thread?

  4. JAL says:

    No, it is the USF-Pitt thread

  5. Arriba Wilver says:


  6. Milo Hamilton says:

    -Kevin Correia starting for Minnesota gives up 2 in the 1st against the Phils.

    -Brad Lincoln starting for Toronto allows 4 in the 1st to the Astros & gets lifted after only recording 2 outs.

  7. NMR says:

    How did Casey do in Japan?

  8. Milo Hamilton says:

    I don’t know but his team has outstanding clubhouse chemistry.

  9. Bizrow says:

    + 1000000000000000000

    Nominate for post du jour

  10. NMR says:

    The Casey Mgehee ju-ju overcomes language barriers. Spans oceans. Unites cultures.

  11. Milo Hamilton says:

    Rays score 4 off Burnett in the 2nd thanks to 3 Pirates errors, a misplayed grounder & a wild pitch.

  12. Deja vu all over agin.

  13. Thundercrack says:

    We should have kept Corriea or Lincoln

  14. NMR says:

    Freddy Sanchez is still available.

  15. Arriba Wilver says:

    I wonder what Tom Singer thinks.

  16. NMR says:

    Tomorow’s blog will emplore Huntington to finally hold the responsible party accountable by firing the groundskeeper.

  17. Milo Hamilton says:

    Luke Scott hits an RBI double off Wandy Rodriguez then promptly asks him to produce his birth certificate.

  18. Jandy says:


  19. Jandy says:

    I second that emotion

  20. Jandy says:

    Nah, can all the outfielders, and replace them with guys from AAA

  21. Jandy says:

    he does?

  22. JohninOshkosh says:

    Now that is funny.

  23. gregenstein says:

    What do you call Tabata, Sands, Snider, and Marte?

  24. Grilli must not have “made anybody look bad” today. But that’s what ST is for.

    Don’t show ‘em anything. Get your work in. And on and on and on.

  25. Jandy says:

    Good point! lol

  26. Drew71 says:

    You da MAN

  27. Looks like he had a better 8th. Probably the only time he’ll throw 2 innings all season.

  28. Drew71 says:


    I listened to the Rays broadcast of last week’s Pirates game in Port Charlotte.

    The Rays announcers were complaining – COMPLAINING – that their games at McKechnie this spring are not being broadcast so they would not have the opportunity to to visit “lovely McKechnie Field” this year.

    One of the Rays announcers said he was going to use a Rays off day to catch a Pirate game in Bradenton.

  29. Drew71 says:

    There. At least we beat their ballpark.

  30. Drew71 says:

    Don’t tell anyone or Neal will want to trade it.

  31. Baywatch says:

    So, how did we score our 2 runs? Kool-Aid Man!

  32. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    This team is terrible!!! trade them all, fire them all.

    Oh wait, its only a ST game? eh, I’ll save all that for the first month of the season. That always works well.

  33. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    I used to live in Port Charlotte, but back when the Rangers were there. I always thought, then at least, it was a very nice park.

    I also played HS games on the Orioles, Reds, and Phillies complexs in the area and they weren’t as nice.

  34. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    That’s the job Huntingtin should have……

  35. Baywatch says:

    I liked Brad Hawpe’ candor in the video. “Got a little more age in my legs. Got a little more age in my mind, too, so hopefully it will play to my advantage.”

    Was Rusty Staub the last guy who could say that his old mind outplayed his old legs? And, honestly, I’m thinking the last guy who used smarts over body was Bobby Jones with the NBA ’76ers. Been awhile. I think the world is ready for Brad Hawpe! :-)

  36. JohninOshkosh says:

    Where’s the Pitt USF thread. Less than 2 hours to tip.

  37. Arriba Wilver says:

    You have to go to DK’s blogs and go back to Feb 24. It’s been up for days. That’s what Drew’s been squawking about.

  38. MadTurk says:

    It may have been better if they played hockey today.

  39. MadTurk says:

    I think Drew may be the Aflac Duck.

  40. Arriba Wilver says:


  41. Drew71 says:

    That duck is too mellow to be me

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