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On location: Pirates 8, Astros 6, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

BRADENTON, Fla. — Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (2-6) vs. Houston Astros, exhibition

Starters: RHP Kyle McPherson vs. RHP John Ely

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: McKechnie Field

Radio: KDKA-AM 1020

Here is the official live box score, and here is TribLIVE’s Pirates page.

Among our coverage today: Here’s the Sunday column about Clint Hurdle and his highly candid, I’m betting you’ll agree, observations about how he hopes to keep his players’ trust after Epic Collapses I and II. … Rob Biertempfel takes a close look at the art of pitch-framing. … And here’s my news coverage of the conflicting assessments regarding Russell Martin’s status.

Here is today’s home team lineup:

  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Clint Barmes, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Garrett Jones, 1B
  7. Brad Hawpe, DH
  8. Jerry Sands, RF
  9. Tony Sanchez, C

UPDATE 10:38 a.m.: Martin clearly got his wish to not play today, though he has come out for drills right now in full gear. In other drills of late, he’s been just rolling the ball away after receiving rather than throwing it back to the pitcher.

Again, see link above for Clint Hurdle saying yesterday he’d expected Martin to play today.

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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.

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