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On location: Red Sox 16, Pirates 6

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

BRADENTON, Fla. — Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (2-2) vs. Boston Red Sox, exhibition

Starters: RHP Jameson Taillon vs. RHP John Lackey

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: McKechnie Field


Here is the official live box score.

Here is the TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel and I are on the scene, but my coverage won’t begin in earnest until tomorrow.

And here is a TribLIVE video interview with Michael McKenry

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. JohninOshkosh says:

    Has Neil Finn tweeted where he thinks Taillon and Cole should start the season?

    Very cool, Dejan.

  2. 21sthebest says:

    If you put a wig on Martin, that picture might look like Polamalu standing next to Wesley Welker.

  3. Jandy says:

    ha! I was thinking the same thing, 21

  4. 21sthebest says:

    Go see a Priest, go home, shower, go to bed, and hopefully you’ll wake up tomorrow and that will never happen again.

  5. Jandy says:

    lol…nah…it’s not a bad thang ;)

  6. Four former Pirates in the lineup for Boston if you count Overbay.

  7. Arriba Wilver says:

    Get a room.

    seriously . . .

  8. JAL says:

    I see Holt, Overbay, and Sutton don’t remember any of the others being Pirates.

  9. Didn’t we have David Ross part of one season?

    Impressive first for Taillon. 2 K’s and a groundout.

  10. Didn’t we have David Ross part of one season?

    Impressive first for Taillon. 2 K’s and a groundout.

  11. Arriba Wilver says:

    We did.

  12. JAL says:

    Totally forgot that

  13. It was easily forgotten. He hit .222, but he did hit 3 dingers.

  14. Jandy says:

    Hey AW, BYTE ME! :P

  15. Arriba Wilver says:

    I liked him when he was here, and he has gone on to have productive seasons, although mainly in a backup role. But he was a good defender as I recall. His career CS is 39%. (Rod Barajas just fainted).

  16. Arriba Wilver says:


  17. Has some power, too. Barajas just fainted again.

  18. Bizrow says:

    Barajas is used to fainting. He has 7 kids

  19. Dom says:

    What does having seven kids have to do with fainting?

  20. Arriba Wilver says:

    Probably more than baseball stats. ;-)

  21. Patrick says:

    Wow..did you guys hear about what Rick DiPietro said?

  22. Arriba Wilver says:

    Get a room?

  23. Dom says:

    Why would a young man like that think about something like that? That sure is a long term solution for any short term problems he might have.

  24. Patrick says:

    I know. I can imagine his career didn’t work out the way he planned, but he is still getting paid a lot of money to play hockey for a living. It’s not like he planned on being a jet pilot and wound up a line cook at Applebee’s. Somebody needs to get that kid some help…soon.

  25. Jandy says:

    If you have kids (and pay attention to them) you shouldn’t have to ask that question!!!!

  26. NMR says:

    As much as these guys say they don’t, they have to hear all the negativity from fans and media. It’s impossible not to.

    I could definitely see personal frustration with injuries coupled with hateful comments from fans leading to depression and once there, bad things can happen.

    An admission like this just tells me he’s human and that he truly cares. And of course that money doesn’t buy happiness, but that should be obvious to anyone with a soul by now.

  27. Jandy says:

    woah! I for one won’t make any more Dipietro jokes. That’s just sad.

  28. Jandy says:

    Amen, NMR

  29. ohninOshkosh says:

    Just goes to show depression is an equal opportunity affliction. Always odd when the wealthy admit to it and suicidal thoughts. They have the same existential anxieties all of us have-mortality, health, happiness, but their life is not muddied with everyday concerns like paying bills and saving for retirement, etc.

    Reminds me of the great scene in Barfly:

    Tully: You can really write. Why do you live like a bum?
    Henry: I am a bum. What do you want me to do? Do you want me to write about the sufferings of the upper classes?
    Tully: This may be news to you but they suffer too.
    Henry: Hey baby, nobody suffers like the poor.

  30. Bizrow says:

    What PBC hurlers have been getting lit up today? I think Sanchez was one?

  31. Zach Foster the other. Jamo pitched pretty well. No earned runs in 2 innings.

  32. Reading says:

    D. Ross is one of a slew of ex-Pirates who suddenly morph into the Babe and hit like five dingers in a series against the Pirates.

  33. Milo Hamilton says:

    10 walks in 4 innings by “Pirates” pitchers.

  34. Milo Hamilton says:

    Just talked to a friend who is at the game. I laughed at him. Then I realized he’s in Florida & I’m in Pittsburgh.

  35. Only 4 for Sanchez, to go along with 3 hits in 2/3 of any inning. Foster had 5 in one inning of work.

    Looks like Sanchez has a ways to go.

  36. Patrick says:

    @KMaherNews12: DiPietro also admitted injuries, losing & fan hatred over past 3 yrs made him think about killing himself

  37. Bizrow says:


  38. Thanks. So much pressure on these young people.

  39. All the Bucs runs so far are on homers by Jared Goedert and Feliz Pie, two guys that will be Hoosier-bound at best.

    Only Tabata and Snider as far as “regulars” in the lineup, though.

  40. Patrick says:

    He talent was never really in question. His work ethic and attitude were, but then the Islanders aren’t exactly the best run organization over the last 20 years. Hopefully he can find an opportunity somewhere else, make some kind of an impact and get some closure…or satisfaction…or whatever it is he needs.

  41. MadTurk says:

    We could use a back-up

  42. Arriba Wilver says:

    Looks like Sanchez may be exactly what we thought he was.

  43. Milo Hamilton says:

    14 walks now, but it’s only the 7th inning.

  44. +1

    Dennis Green exclusive.

  45. Looks like Searage has his work cut out for him.

  46. NMR says:

    I don’t think Searage will be seeing much of the guys giving up the lions share.

  47. JoeyBats says:

    95 wins……….
    ……………..or BUST !

  48. NMR says:

    Indy might set a walks record this season.

  49. Patrick says:

    Was he talking about wins this season?

    Or walks this game?

  50. Drew71 says:

    Lost three in a row. They may never win another game again.

    Does it count as another collapse if they only win two games to begin with?

    All year?

  51. officer mancoso says:

    I just spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to answer this. On the bright side, I learned what “prelapsarian” means in Christian theology. It definitely doesn’t apply.

  52. Drew71 says:

    Correct. Nothing innocent or unspoiled here.

  53. MadTurk says:

    I think they are trying to get the collaspe out of the way now.

  54. officer mancoso says:

    Heh. This, from Wikipedia, on a related term:

    “Reprobation, in Christian theology, is a corollary to the Calvinistic or broadly Augustinian doctrine of unconditional election which teaches that some of mankind (the elect) are predestined by God for salvation. Therefore, the remainder are left bound to their fallen nature and certain damnation. This same state of unbelief is also known as reprobation. In Calvinist terminology, the non-elect are often referred to as the reprobate. Similarly, when a sinner is so hardened as to feel no remorse or misgiving of conscience, it is considered as a sign of reprobation.”

    That last sentence has FO written all over it.

  55. Drew71 says:

    Ah. The sermon from my wedding.

  56. theplanisworking says:

    Is that 95 wins over 2 seasons? ;)

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