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On location: Orioles 6, Pirates 5, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

SARASOTA, Fla. — Looking ahead to first pitch …

Games: Pirates (2-3) vs. Baltimore Orioles, exhibition

Starters: RHP James McDonald vs. RHP Jason Hammel

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Ed Smith Stadium


Here is the official live box score.

Here is the TribLIVE’s Pirates page.

And here is today’s lineup for Pittsburgh …

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Chase d’Arnaud, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  5. Travis Snider, RF
  6. Brad Hawpe, DH
  7. Michael McKenry, C
  8. Jared Goedert, 3B
  9. Ivan De Jesus, 2B

UPDATE 4:20 p.m.: Some stuff from after the game …

McDonald gave up three home runs in as many innings. He allowed a staff-high 21 home runs last season, so this would appear to be a red flag, even this early in the spring. But he downplayed it.

Here’s video of some of my talk with J-Mac …

Brian Roberts, Nolan Reimold and Wilson Betemit homered off him.

“James might have wanted to get a couple of those down lower, but that’s a good hitting team and they’re over there knowing fastballs are coming,” Clint Hurdle said.

Sanchez homered to deep left in the fourth, then outdid that with a towering blast to left-center in the sixth. He’s off to a 4-for-8 start on the spring.

“I feel healthier than I’ve been in two years,” Sanchez said. “I’m getting some pretty good drive from my legs.”

Travis Snider went 3 for 4, but nothing was hit remotely hard.

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. I realize that the Pirates need to see everyone play, but outside of Marte and McCuthen, this is a line-up that will strike fear into the hearts of…no one.

    Really, a middle of the line-up of Sanchez, Snider and Hawpe?

    And does Jared Goedert really have a chance of doing anything for the Pirates this year?

    It’s line-ups like this that make me realize how much sports writers must really love baseball to watch it during spring training.

    • Now, look at all the speed in the top 3 spots.

      And they all have nice teeth.

      Can’t wait for Drew to be sarcastic forever. He must be in an important meeting.

    • “I realize that the Pirates need to see everyone play, but outside of Marte and McCuthen, this is a line-up that will strike fear into the hearts of…no one.”
      The “Hated” Manatees I think would be shaking in their spikes! :-)

    • Split squad today, TK.


      against the Sox tonight.

    • Split squad game. The rest of the starters (Jones, Alverez, Walker, etc……) are all in the starting lineup for a game against the Red Sox tonight. They will send the Goedert’s of the world down very soon. Sometimes it’s not good for your big bats to play a lot early. They are facing a lot of pitching that is just working on one thing. You may see a pitcher throw 15 straight fastballs because he is purely working on locating his fastball. They get their work in daily even if they are not playing so it’s not a big deal early in spring training.

  2. I feel like I should post something here…..

  3. Guys, chat pushed back to 1 p.m. I’ve got an interview to conduct here in Sarasota at the noon hour that can’t be moved. Thanks!

  4. I really want to see Travis Snider succeed but he struck out again today. – counting yesterday that is 4 K’s in a row. Disturbing. to me.

  5. Oh man, I love this:

    Comment From Andrew from Long Island
    Biggest Pirate need?

    Dejan Kovacevic:
    A new front office. Nothing else comes close for second place.

  6. Tonight’s Pirates split game will be televised on MLB network.

  7. So, any of you lunatics staying up all night tonight to watch early pool play in the WBC?

    MLB Network is doing their darndest to make us care.

  8. So Mrs. Lincoln, other than the 3 homers how did you enjoy J-Mac’s outing ?

    • I found it disturbing.

      • Right now, except for AJ and Wandy, it seems as though our starting staff continues to consist of those two and many ???????????????

        • I don’t know about ya’all, but I haven’t felt good about J-Mac in a long time. Even before today’s homerfest.

          Just to expect him to bounce back from that mess the last half of last season with no shaken confidence is a lot to be optimistic about.

          • If Charlie could rebound from being sent to the slaughterhouse in 2010 then any pitcher can.

            • Charlie always had the full and unfettered support of front office and Pirates paid media.

              J-Mac was blamed by that same front office and Pirates paid media for the collapse.

            • True. That’s when he developed his Roy Halladay sinker. J-Mac still seems to be suffering the effects. Hope to be wrong on that.

            • The Front Office has Rasputin-like mind control according to some fans. Unbelievable.

              Will everyone change thier mind in Jmacs next spring training outing when he doesn’t allow a run?


              • + beaucoup

              • Its never too early to start worrying

                And its not just JMac, Kartsy is behind schedule, Liriano as well

                Above two are not the FO’s fault, so don’t think I’m raggin on them

                The rotation is full of questionmarks right now, JMac’s start today, and yes, its spring training, does not give me a warm fuzzy

              • I just don’t take anything away from spring training results and the only thing I worry about is if a player gets injured that might impact the season. Paul Maholm’s ERA right now is almost 10 and Clayton Kershaw’s is over 7. And Brad Lincoln’s is 21.60.

              • Good point 21, sometimes folks have horrible springs and are lights out to start the season, and sometimes vice versa.

                JMac needs to have his head on right though, thats one reason this disturbss me though

              • Agreed. It is ST, but I didn’t feel good about him before today. But what do I know, like Maz says.

                Maybe he can get some tape of Roy Halladay, too.

              • We’re not even talking about poor spring trainings.

                We’re talking about the FIRST WEEK of spring training.

                Most of these guys aren’t even pitching at game speed yet.

                Take a deep breath. It’s a long season.

              • AJ said he threw his first curveball of the spring yesterday.

              • As I said twice before, I have concerns about J-Mac. Nothing to do with ST or how many curves AJ has thrown.

                Hope I’m wrong.

  9. 2 solo homers for Gaby Sanchez today.

    • Clearly due to Front Office moral support.

    • I read an article a few weeks back that said Gaby feels healthy for the first time in over two years. 2 home runs in spring training hardly qualifies as a rebound but it is a good sign. He has a nice glove at first as well. It would be nice to have the option of moving Jones to right if Tabata and Snider both struggle. If some of Gaby’s power returns that would be a pretty decent middle of the line up with Walker, Cutch, Jones, Alverez and Gaby.

      • If he gets back to what he put up his first two years he’ll be as steal as the full time first baseman.

        GIJ is gone next year, regardless. My opinion, of course.

      • And I think next year will be the real test for Gaby, not this year. Barring injury, he’ll be facing almost exclusively lefties as GIJ’s platoon mate. He’s always mashed lefties.

        I’ll temper my optomism until he produces in a full time role.

  10. Just drove by Steinbrenner (Legend) Field. There’s a blimp floating around over it.

    Spring Training.

    A blimp.

  11. RIP Bonnie Franklin. Only 69 :(
    Pancreatic cancer complications.

  12. A clutch hit for Presley to tie the score in the top of the 9th and Mercer is thrown out at the plate. Must have been scortched with 2 out. I thought Mercer could move a little.

  13. The most impressive Pirates at-bats, IMO, was Gregory Polanco’s. Scorched a foul ball liner down the right field line and then blooped a single into left. Travis Snider picked off twice on the bases and didn’t move out of the way of a foul while standing at the top of the dugout McKenry went for. Even James McDonald’s outs were hard hit. Gaby’s dingers were impressive as one came off a righty and the other a lefty. Brad Hawpe struck out against lefty Hendrickson and hasn’t done much this spring. Figure he’ll be an easy cut.

    DK: Welcome home, Bibby!

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