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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 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. 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. 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. Is this the hockey thread?

  4. -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.

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

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. #notmakingthisup

    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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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! :-)

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

  14. 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.

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