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On location: Pirates 10, Spain 0, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

BRADENTON, Fla. — Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates vs. Spain (World Baseball Classic team), exhibition

Starters: RHP Gerrit Cole vs. RHP Yoanner Negrin

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: McKechnie Field

Radio: MLB.com

Here is the official live box score.

Here is the TribLIVE’s Pirates page. I’m on the scene and looking forward to seeing this extraordinary young man pitch this afternoon.

And here’s today’s lineup for the home team …

  1. Darren Ford, CF
  2. Felix Pie, LF
  3. Gaby Sanchez, 3B
  4. Clint Robinson, 1B
  5. Jerry Sands, RF
  6. Jared Goedert, DH
  7. Anderson Hernandez, 2B
  8. Ivan De Jesus Jr., SS
  9. Carlos Paulino, C

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.

165 Comments

  1. Thank God Cole’s pitching. I don’t think this lineup could beat the United Arab Emerits.

  2. Right now, and I know its only ST, I’ll take a win anywhere we can get one.

    Wonder if its too late to play the Manatees??

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  3. Spain doesn’t have a chance

  4. Anybody notice Gaby at 3B?

  5. The Greatfruit League has rules, unenforced, that even split squad teams have to have a certain number of MLBers starting. Two or three.

    But since this is not a Greatfruit League game, anything goes.

    Looks like what they used to do with the Manatees. (I seriously miss that game.)

    And it makes sense, both as an opportunity to look at the fringe and future players, and also at the sportsmanship level.

  6. I should probably put this on a different thread but I’m too lazy.

    Nobody likes Gary Bettman, right?

    Everyone wants a different commissioner, right?

    The Great State of Florida proudly nominates the next commissioner of the National Hockey League…

    Stephen A.

  7. How many days until Opening Day?
    The Window can’t wait…..

  8. Jared Goedert?

    I thought I kept a pretty close eye on the Pirates, evidently not!

  9. Great opening day roster for the 2013 Indianapolis Indians!

    I’ve seen Jared Goedert’s name in the lineup more often than Pedro or Cutch. This should tell everyone all they need to know about the meaninglessness of Spring Training numbers and performances, especially in WBC years.

  10. I like the idea of adding Jack Johnson. But not for Despres. If Shero trades Despres I’ll be pi$$ed. Send 2 other top D prospects, but not Despres. But then, how do you afford Letang, Martin, Orpik, Johnson and Niskanen? Something big is gona have to give in order to get Johnson- he’s $4mil cap hit. Plus they want to sign Geno.

    Iginla can probably be had for less than Johnson.

    All I know for sure is those 2 signings, Malkin and Letang, are gona cause some major changes soon. I could be underestimating how much cap room there will be next year, but as it sits now I think this is the case.

    • Doh! wrong thread.

      • Nah, any thread in a pinch ;-)

      • Any thread is fine, Brad. I’ts a SPORTS blog ;)

        I’ll be wantin to put my size 9 wides somewhere if they trade Depres!!!!

        • Yeah I guess that’ll teach DK for putting the Pirate thread up so early in the morning. The outcry may be deafening- especially since the Duquesne thread goes up last minute in comparison to the Bucs.

    • I don’t know how they make the salary stay under the cap for next year. This is why it is even more important for them to win this year. I see a potential for this roster to get blown up in the offseason in order for them to stay under the cap in the future. With the way Despres is playing, I don’t really want to lose him, but in order to get the type of player the Pens want to pick up (scoring winger or defensive minded defenseman), they are going to have to give up someone and that person will have to be a player with a big upside (aka Despres).

  11. Not first time for Gaby at third this spring. Maybe this is the year they play PA at first on occasion. My concern at this point of St isn’t the wins and loss record, it’s the too many walks particuarly with the bases loaded.

    • Pedro’s not going anywhere this year, and I don’t want him to. It’s too hard to find a good third baseman. Gaby is playing 3rd only to spell him against lefties on occasion.

      • First off, I think it would be great if Gaby could handle 3rd. I hate the way this team is constructed. They have one guy that is versatile in Josh Harrison, and he happens to be bad at baseball. Everybody else seems to be a niche player.

        The problem with using Gaby to give Pedro a day off against lefties is that exposes Garret Jones, who is even worse against them. Giving Garret Jones AB’s against left handers is literally just giving up.

        • “The problem with using Gaby to give Pedro a day off against lefties is that exposes Garret Jones, who is even worse against them. Giving Garret Jones AB’s against left handers is literally just giving up”
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          Oh, I know. I wasn’t saying it would usual for them to use Gaby @ 3B when a lefty pitches. I could see them doing it though if Garrett is hot and Pedro is in a slump. Or maybe Pedro hasn’t had a day off in a couple weeks and just needs a blow. It certainly would not be a straight platoon by any stretch of the imagination. Just think about how McGehee was used last year…similar role for Sanchez. He’ll end up playing mostly at 1B, but he’ll sub for Pedro when necessary.

  12. Is the avatar readable or is the picture too small?

    Or maybe small minded?

  13. Vamos Piratas!

  14. Zack Boychuck was claimed off waivers by the Predators.

  15. Bennett was recalled.

  16. Cole struck out the side on 13 pitches.

    • He’s ready. Number 3 starter now.

      :)

    • Nobody has put a bat on the ball yet in fair territory. He K’d the side in the second, also.

      18 strikes and 8 balls.

    • Can’t wait for the “excuse” (read: $$$) on why he won’t head north with the club to start the season.

      • Because Spain does not appear on the 2013 Pirates schedule.

      • It’s also about production, Karen.

        Bringing Cole up to start the season makes him a free agent after 2018. Delaying his call up by just a few months pushes back free agency until 2020.

        Would you rather have two months of 22 yo rookie Gerrit Cole or a full year of 28 yo veteran Gerrit Cole?

      • On the KDKA Showdown this week they said in his interview on the Fan, Neal said if Cole was one of the 25 best he would go north. Didn’t hear it myself, but I had seen Neal in the past in answer to that question use his usual mumbo jumbo about not rushing people, with no indication that there was any chance. I understand you can reconcile those statements, but the shift in focus made me wonder if, because of the shift this year to “win this year or else,” he might actually mean it.

  17. So what the heck does Drew’s new avatar sign say?

  18. You mean Hooey, noy hokum
    ;)

  19. Bucs jump all over the relief pitcher for Spain. I couldn’t find a radiocast of this game. Is the Pirates radio crew bilingual??

  20. Arrived at DK’s landing page to see this tweet scroll by:
    “And for record, I neither know nor care how #Hawks compare to Miami’s basketball team. That’s almost as immaterial as NBA is in Pittsburgh.”
    Took me a while to figure out the whole tweet was NOT about the NBA and its Atlanta Hawks. (I’m not one who laments the ample hockey talk around here; as you can see, I just blithely keep it tune it out.)

  21. I’m still waiting to hear about the Rally Poodle thing…. just sayin’

  22. Nice day for Gaby. 3 for 3 with an HR. Too bad it’s against what DK calls AA competition.

  23. I see Gaby’s batting 1.000 with a home run. Neal’s a genius!

  24. Speaking of trades, the Tigers are supposedly back on the market to obtain a closer

  25. Phillies losing to the Dominican 13-1.

  26. When I first read through that lineup, I thought it was for our opponents.

  27. I see (hear) AJ didn’t bite on DK’s question about the trade deadline last year. They’re probably all tired of talking about it.

      • Amen is right!!! It’s a story that should have never went on for this long. If they went “all in” they would still not have made the playoffs and would be left with a weaker group of prospects. Thank god they didn’t go “all in”. It’s not like Wandy was a horrible pick up and if Gaby allows us to trade Jones for some value then even the better.

        • Seems like each story has legs that lasts about 3-4 years. I think we finally stopped talking about the Aramis Ramirez trade in ’07, Bay in ’11, I think we’re finished talking about Bautista, so I figure Crisis on Federal Street: The Trade Deadline 2012 will be history sometime prior to the next Presidential election.

          • Unless, by some crazy occurance, the team actually wins.

            You don’t hear a lot of Braves fans complaining about getting fleeced in the Teixeira trade.

            • Bad example. You don’t hear the Braves fans complain much about anything. Might be as spoiled in baseball as we are in football. They don’t bother showing up for most playoff games any more. They’d be complaining had they not made the playoffs the previous 20 years and made that deal. Fans in ATL have faith in their front office.

          • I’m still ticked about the Bay trade

            Just sayin ;-)

        • Nate83—there’s a HUGE difference between saying we don’t want to talk about it anymore and saying what happened was the right thing to do. Should have stopped after “this long.” Just sayin’ ;-)

          • Based on what happened the rest of the year it was the right thing to do. No two player are worth 10-12 wins over 54 games it would have taken to put them even near the playoffs. If your goal was to finish .500 that’s fine, but I don’t believe that is the goal of any front office. Even if it’s one that is leading a team that has the all time consecutive losing streak.

            If you use the no trades being deflating to the team theory then we already have a group of players I don’t want on the team. Plain and simple those guys where 16 games above .500 and they received a pitcher that made them better immediately and they didn’t get it done. For one time in this horrible streak we actually got lucky and by doing nothing we benefited.

          • Sounds like you’re not tired of talking about it. To me, at this point, it doesn’t help us one iota this year either way. We are who we are, and we’re going to win or lose regardless of whether LAST YEAR’S trade deadline moves or lack thereof made sense. And it sure as heck isn’t going to help if the players are thinking about it. And while he didn’t say that exactly, that’s what I think AJ was getting at.

  28. Just saw the box score…can we schedule Spain for Interleague play?

    Gaby Sanchez is becoming an interesting piece of the Pirate puzzle.

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