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Final: Rays 4, Pirates 2, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (4-7) vs. Tampa Bay Rays, exhibition

Starters: RHP James McDonald vs. RHP Alex Cobb

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.


Here is the official live box score.

Here is the TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Karen Price is covering.

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:

    Well, lets see which JMac shows up today

  2. Bizrow says:

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  3. radio wave says:

    How many innings is Jmac scheduled for today?

  4. NMR says:

    So, has Garret Jones been traded to the Yankees yet?

  5. Jandy says:


  6. Jandy says:

    Hey radio, have you heard anything on Marc Staal…what a terrible thing…puck to the eye!

  7. NMR says:

    No, but really.

    They’re down to Matt Diaz in right field and minor leaguers at first base. I’d be really surprised if they haven’t called about Jones yet.

  8. Send them Clint Robinson, Jerry Sands and Brad Hawpe. We need Jones’ bat.

    He has a DH-type glove, but those 27 HR’s are needed.

  9. NMR says:

    I really don’t see what the Yankees have to give that the Pirates need. Seems to be a case of Jones being worth more to the Pirates than what he could fetch in return.

  10. Bizrow says:

    Don’t the Yankees have some catching depth in their minor league system?

  11. I think they’re catching poor right now on the ML level, Biz.

    My two compadres here in the office that are Yankee fans have been relatively closed-mouths this spring about everything.

  12. JAL says:

    Jones has some right side soreness

  13. Good. Not good that he hurts, but good that he wouldn’t get traded while injured–maybe.

  14. Bizrow says:

    You are right about that Lucky, but I thought I read they had a few interesting prospects at the high A and AA level, not ready for the majors right now though

  15. Bizrow says:

    I think he should be on schedule for 4 innings

  16. Now that could be. Might be a nice pickup if we could. I’d sure hate to see Jones go, though.

  17. radio wave says:

    Out indefinitely. Dr. says he will recover, did not describe the extent of the injury.

  18. Jandy says:

    Dayum, that’s sad and scary sheeeiiittt

  19. Hope J-Mac is throwing more than fastballs today.

  20. Jandy says:

    No No, Spunky, radio is answering me from above about Marc Staal, the hockey player who took a puck to the eye.

  21. Jandy says:

    Not sure about that, but he retired the side first inning…I know two were flies to Snider.

  22. NMR says:

    I think that was a few years ago, Biz.

    They traded Montero and Romine hasn’t developed.

    Gary Sanchez gets ranked as one of their top prospects but he’s only in A ball.

  23. OK. I was lamenting that I said it was good he was hurt after JAL’s post. Didn’t want to sound like I wished ill on the lad. Just don’t want him traded.

  24. Bizrow says:

    You could be right

  25. radio wave says:

    He walked two in the second inning, but induce the double-play I’m got out of it would no score.y

  26. Jandy says:

    Oh I don’t either, Spunky!

  27. Jandy says:

    radio must be using his phone to post ;)

  28. radio wave says:

    Yes, I am using the phone the post. I know it’s not always accurate. McDonald got out of the inning after hitting a batter and it to base error. Runners on second and third two out and apply out to end the inning.

  29. NMR says:

    Box score on that double play reads Harrison to Mercer to Hawpe.

    Maz to Groat to Stuart has nothing on that trifecta of greatness.

  30. Jandy says:


  31. Bizrow says:

    Looks like a pretty clean start by JMac. Are the Rays regulars or most of them in the lineup today?

  32. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc says:

    They will have to add someone..panic mode in the Bronx.

    Granderson is out to start the season as well.

  33. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc says:

    Yay, Snider can catch a fly ball…

  34. Milo Hamilton says:

    Good outing for James McDonald. 4 shutout innings. He did walk 3 but obviously kept the ball in the yard today.

  35. NMR says:

    Looks like Longoria and Zobrist didn’t start, but those two are really the only dangerous hitters they have period.

  36. Milo Hamilton says:

    The way Joe Maddon does things, I’m not exactly sure what a Rays regular is. There are familiar names in there Biz.

  37. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc says:

    box scores says 4 innings, 1 hit, 3BB’s.

    Gotta get that control down.

  38. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc says:

    needs to get the control down.

  39. NMR says:

    I don’t think anyone in the Rays lineup could get one out of the yard in batting practice.

  40. Jandy says:

    lol Ryan

  41. NMR says:

    I absolutely love the way Freidman builds a team.

    Gotta be a managers dream.

  42. Bizrow says:


  43. Milo Hamilton says:

    When the wind blows down there, you or I could get one out of there. But I get your point. Jack Cust would rather walk anyway.

  44. NMR says:

    Ha, Jack Cust reference. I had to go back to the box score to see that he was actually still in baseball.

    Speaking of power, Travis Snider did not strike out last at bat. So we’ve got that going for us.

  45. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc says:

    Matt Joyce has some pop.

  46. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc says:

    Bonus…I think Snider better start making some waves or he’s gonna be on the bench. Which I’m fine with.

  47. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc says:

    pretty good mold for low income teams isn’t it? Pirates are trying….Cole, Taillon, can’t wait to see those guys with the big team.

  48. NMR says:

    I ranted on this subject the other day. The Pirates are the anti-Rays in the way they’re putting together position players.

    No versatility at all.

    And don’t even dare mention Josh Harrison!

  49. NMR says:


  50. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc says:

    I try not to mention J-Hay at all. I was referring to their pitching staff they’ve built.

    Inge? ha ha ha

  51. Milo Hamilton says:

    What is the sound my lunch makes when it’s coming back up ?

  52. Jandy says:

    Everybody DUCK!

  53. NMR says:

    Milo for $300.

  54. radio wave says:

    Drake arch madness tonight.

  55. Looks like both teams have their hittin’ shoes on today. Just tied to each other.

  56. Milo Hamilton says:

    Rory McIlroy has made it all the way through 11 holes today.

  57. Pronounced Johnmar. Another poor usage of the name “John”.

  58. 21sthebest says:

    He’s cheating on Wozniacki or did they split up?

  59. Milo Hamilton says:

    Bradley Braves. I believe they split with them this year. Mark Phelps needs a couple of wins. Really bad.

  60. JohninOshkosh says:

    I guess he’s taken care of his issues with his toothache, also known as Caroline Wozniacki.

  61. JohninOshkosh says:

    No cut in that tourney, either.

  62. Milo Hamilton says:

    3-0 Rays. Here comes lunch.

  63. Jandy says:


  64. Jandy says:

    Sad indeed :(

  65. Milo Hamilton says:

    Here is where spring training can be instructive. There is no rule against getting someone out after one of your teammates makes an error.

  66. Iceman says:

    Hey JAL,

    Might I suggest including this article in your hockey links section tomorrow. It is a great read

  67. Preach it, brother.

  68. Jandy says:

    Good read, Iceman, thanks for sharing the link. I posted it back on the other thread for our cognitive -challenged friend to read ;)

  69. Jandy says:

    Here’s another tidbit:

    In February, three of the top seven (and four of the top 15) selling jerseys in the NHL were Penguins. Sidney Crosby (No. 3), Evgeni Malkin (No. 6) and James Neal (No. 7) round out the top seven. Kris Letang’s jersey ranked 15th (higher than Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos).

  70. Bizrow says:

    Paul Martin will be in the lineup tonight

  71. MadTurk says:

    Jany, I ead it on the ther link, Thanks for the posting, I am trying to atch up to you all.

  72. MadTurk says:

    Jandy that is darn keyboard or is it drews fault?

  73. Iceman says:

    Kind of makes me sick to my stomach to think about. Hopefully this is a wakeup call to all leagues about why boarding is such a heinous act.

  74. NMR says:

    Anyone but Travis Snider.

  75. officer mancuso says:

    I can’t imagine a more pleasing pre-season sight for a 2013 Pirates fan than those four innings JMac put up.

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