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Final: Red Sox 5, Pirates 2, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

BRADENTON, Fla. — Looking ahead to first pitch …

Games: Pirates (2-4) vs. Boston Red Sox, exhibition

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. LHP Jon Lester

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: JetBlue Park, Fort Myers, Fla.

TV, radio: Root Sports, MLB Network, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the official live box score.

Here is the TribLIVE’s Pirates page.

Here is the visitors’ lineup …

  1. Darren Ford, CF
  2. Jose Tabata, RF
  3. Garrett Jones, 1B
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Brandon Inge, DH
  7. Felix Pie, LF
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Lucas May, C

Also, here’s my news notebook that will run in the Saturday paper.

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. Bizrow says:

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  2. Drew71 says:

    Lost four in a row.

    This opponent just embarrassed them.

    I can’t imagine a more important game all season.

  3. Bizrow says:

    Just want to say this

    I don’t read the paper till I get home

    Its my tradition, no matter how the day went, I sit down, try to relax, go on the net to check the spam and then read Dejan.

    Today’s column was once again excellent

    But I humbly disagree with the statement “Thats the last link”

    We, here, will ultimately be the last link

    Read the posts here, feel the passion, read the stories that folks tell about their special link to the PBC

    I request we all pass it on.

    Its been the Nuclear Night as far as success

    But you never know, sometime again, David might beat Goliath

    The only thing I ever won was a record in 1960, entitled The Impossible Pirates, I still have it, I have nuttin to play it on anymore, its scrathed as all get out.

    Thanks Dejan, your article brought back memories

    Trust me though, those guys honorably wearing that uniform are not the last link.

    DK: A very fair point.

  4. radio wave says:

    This game represents my hope for the World Series. I hope this is an October preview.

  5. officer mancoso says:

    Biz, your comment on the earlier split squad game wins my
    “funniest of the young season” award: “Its never too early to start worrying”. It wouldn’t have been half as funny coming from anyone else. :-)

  6. radio wave says:

    Interesting first play on the attempted bunt trying to get hurt Napoli to make the play

  7. officer mancoso says:

    Pirates get no-hit through one. I’m scouring the league for a new rooting interest. For the millionth fruitless time. Go Bucs!

  8. officer mancuso says:

    If the outcome of the Locke vs. Victorino matchup hinges on neck thickness, we’re doomed.

  9. Milo Hamilton says:

    It’s only spring training. It’s only spring training. It’s only spring training.

  10. tcb says:

    I find this attitude disturbing.

  11. Milo Hamilton says:

    Stop it, you’re killing me. :)

  12. Bizrow says:

    20 years and more will teach you that, my friend ;-)

  13. Bizrow says:

    I find that disturbing

  14. Bizrow says:


    Lets hope we, the folks that remember can pass good things on :-)

  15. Drew71 says:

    Now, now.

    If hope can spring eternal here, then truly hope is never fully extinguished.

  16. Very profound, Drewster.

  17. Drew71 says:

    I find that disturbing.

  18. officer mancuso says:

    Rock.on, buddy. If it seems repetetive to keep saying,

    “The best thing you can do for this team is replace its front office.”


  19. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Life of Pie.

  20. officer mancuso says:

    The Bucs, after a record 20 years of futility, made a bad showing in early spring training.

  21. Jason81 says:

    Will the Pirates count their Spring Training wins towards Hurdle’s goal of 95?

  22. Drew71 says:

    If hope can spring eternal here, then truly hope is never fully extinguished.

  23. Drew71 says:

    Sure. In aggregate. Just 26 more springs and we’re there.

  24. JMB says:

    I think Bob Walk was saying we are as good as the Cards.

    At least he acknowledged that it is a must win year.

  25. Wonder if he was feverish. Sounds delirious.

  26. You still going tomorrow, Drew?

  27. Drew71 says:


  28. Arriba Wilver says:


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