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On location: Tigers 4, Pirates 1, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LAKELAND, Fla. — Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (2-5) vs. Detroit Tigers, exhibition

Starters: RHP Jeanmar Gomez vs. LHP Drew Smyly

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Joker Marchant Stadium

Radio: 93.7 The Fan

Here is the official live box score.

Here is the TribLIVE’s Pirates page. I’m on the scene.

Here is some of my talk yesterday with Gaby Sanchez

And here is the visitors’ lineup …

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Alex Presley, CF
  3. Russell Martin, DH
  4. Matt Hague, 3B
  5. Travis Snider, RF
  6. Josh Harrison, 2B
  7. Clint Robinson, 1B
  8. Michael McKenry, C
  9. Jordy Mercer, SS

UPDATE 4:43 p.m.: Here’s my news story just filed on some weirdness with Martin that took place after the game. Wouldn’t make too much of it just yet, but …

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. DK,

    I like where the Pirates will be on offense this year. Not just what they have been doing this spring so far. But, the overall talent appears to finally be there on offense.

    I think the defense should be pretty good. Not great but not bad.

    I am concerned about the pitching. Can we expect AJ to do what he did last year again? I see a small step backwards. Wandy will be a good, not great. But then I see big question makes for the rest of the staff until mid season when Charlie, Cole and FL are ready. But even with them you have to question the initial results. I’m not looking at the overall results so far in the spring with the pitching.

    Do you think the Pirates make a trade before coming north? Obviously, we have a number of first basemen and outfielders that might bring some return along with a decent prospect.

    You hearing anything on that front?

  2. Lets try to bring back an old tradition, shall we?


  3. So Gabby Sanchez was part of a time honored tradition of trading for guys who are hurt?


  4. Nothing showing up under the Sanchez link. Is that an iPhone phenomenon or are you just screwing with us?

  5. Flacco: 6 yrs, 120.6 million. I hope the Ravens have to eat that crow!

  6. Hoka Hey everyone!

    Can’t wait to see how Jeanmar Gomez mows ‘em down today. ;-)
    DK: On a more serious note…have you talked to Charlie Morton and chatted with him about how the rehab is coming? Is he still on track for trying a mid-year return ??

  7. Just caught up on the chat.

    “They need a couple of total $#%^%$ types.”
    - They need MORE $#%^%$ types??? Haven’t you read my posts?

    “Promised myself I wouldn’t spend this whole trip bashing Florida”
    - Why not? Go for it. Gotta be right on target. I mean, it must be why no one comes here anymore.

    “This is the Internet at some of its worst.”
    - Again, haven’t you read my posts?

    “Holiday In Cambodia”
    - I prefer Turtle “Crick”

    “Get back to being a lot more annoying”
    - Again, haven’t you read my posts?

    I predict that by July, we’ll complain that Tabata is too muscular for baseball.

    I’ll leave you with a final thought.

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

  8. Wouldn’t that make him PetroAluminumFoiler?

  9. some baseball links

    JAL’s Hemingway’s Whiskey Morning Links


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 Go Buccos- Pirate News (from external sources)

    4 Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Spring Training Tracker

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    Prospect Notebook: Looking at a Few 2013 Breakout Candidates

    Draft Prospect Watch: Big Days For Bryant And Appel

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Pirates take on Orioles, Red Sox

    7 This Is Getting Old

    Roster Watch: Bryan Morris


    When will we see Gerrit Cole in Pittsburgh?

    9 Rumbunter

    Andrew McCutchen’s Hometown Is Rightfully Proud of Cutch

    10 Green Weenie

    Boston Bests Bucs 5-2

    Orioles Bomb J-Mac In 6-5 Win

    • “Hemingway’s Whiskey” by Kenny Chesney 2010 Chesney’s 14th album has been certified Platinum. This is the title song from the album.

  10. I would appreciate it if no one makes fun of my name (Pat4PGH and others in the past)…I was named after my late mother. That was her first name too. Let me tell you,…that women was as tough as nails, but she had a little problem with oily skin. So please,..this is a very sensitive area for me…


    Go Bucs!

  11. Did Hanrahan pitch last night?

    Was listening to a little bit of last night. Got a smile on my face when they said Drew Suttton was playing 3rd for the Sox. Reminded me of that great walk off homer he had last year.

    I was also smiling because I knew he wouldn’t be our #1 pinch hitter off the bench this year.

    • +1

      Hope we can get some runs in the top of the first, so we don’t start this game in the hole, too, with Jeanmar on the hill.

      Seems like half the games last regular season started with us giving up runs early. Or a bundle in one inning.

      But it is Spring Training. (yawn)

    • Hanrahan did not pitch last night

  12. Sanchez and McKenry seem to be locks for the bench, any early thoughts on anyone else?

  13. Last year when the slide was nearing its end I wished that Mercer would have played more

  14. Enjoyed the article and video on Gaby. I think he has a good chance to be good and make an impact this year.

    I was waiting for him to say to DK “So I hear you weren’t too impressed that I was one of the players that was brought over here at the deadline”.

    Seriously DK, how often do players/coaches (in any sport) speak to you -and take issue- about what you have written?

  15. Forgive me, what is the history of today starting pitcher? I don’t recognize the name.

  16. And I think we have our #5 starter.

  17. Another perfect fiasco of a game. On the bright side, at my age, routine is comforting.

  18. Ain’t no posts on your Dukes thread, Drew.

  19. Marte with “both” Pirate hits today through 7. But it’s only Spring Training.

    Pitching after Jeanmarred has been flawless. Zagurski, Melancon, Hughes.

  20. Whoa! Saw a Pirate catcher named Paulino in the box score and concluded I had finally lost my mind.

    • You know, I honestly thought Joggin Ronnie might have been an option this offseason.

      Wonder what would have happened if PRNW had stayed at catcher?

  21. Gaby @ 3b is a sign that the Pirates are preserving weak options should it turn out that Pedro Alvarez is what he’s seemed to be – Il Busto.

    • I don’t think Gaby at third has anything to do with Pedro. I think it has to do with helping to evaluate bench options.

    • I have to agree with 21. I think they’re beyond the “Busto” stage with Pedro.

      • The club will sink or swim with Pedro

        Looking for flexibility

        • I think pitching will determine if they sink or swim. I agree that they’re looking for flexibility, but not as it relates to Pedro. 30 homeruns and more importantly, 85 RBIs puts him pretty close to where I think he needs to be.

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