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Final: Twins 5, Pirates 4, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (4-9) vs. Minnesota Twins, exhibition

Starters: RHP A.J. Burnett vs. RHP Cole De Vries

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

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 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. JAL’s Bring Me to Life 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

    Pirates Notebook: Hurdle Believes Marte Could Be a Dynamic Leadoff Hitter

    Draft Prospect Watch: Bryant Homers, Wahl Bounces Back

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Pirates vs. Orioles open thread: Which NRIs have a shot?

    7 City of Champions

    Gerrit Cole: Why Pirates top prospect should begin year in minors

    8 Motor City Bengals

    Jason Grilli – Exhibit “A” – Don’t Overpay for a Closer

    9 Rumbunter

     About That Wandy Rodriguez Pitcher Abuse…

    10 Green Weenie

    Any Help From The Non-Roster Gang?

  2. NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Bradenton Herald

    Recap: Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore

    12 Rant Sports

    Pittsburgh Pirates Finding Better Spot In Lineup For Neil Walker

    13 KDKA

    Pirates’ Catcher Michael McKenry Digs In For 2013 Season

    14 CBC

    5 Questions: Canada’s Chris Leroux brings heat to WBC

    15 Washington Post

    Left-hander Zach Duke has a key role for the Nationals less than a year after being released

    16 Wall Street Journal

    Designated Mensch

    17 Sarasota Herald Tribune

    Pirates hope they’ve found their leading man

    18 PBC SITE

    Inge set to emerge as key piece on Bucs’ bench

    Karstens pleased with progress from tendinitis


    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Rumor Roundup

    20 Fangraphs

    Vetoed Trades, Part Five

  3. I wish I were in sunny Gulf Coast Florida

    • With the good news yesterday, we’re planning a trip to sunny Florida and Disney World in April. It can’t come soon enough.

      • That’s more than encouraging. Good for her.

      • Sounds good Eric. So glad you got good news yesterday.

        We’re big Disney fans. 2 business trips, one trip when my son was 10, 4 trips with the high school baseball team, and next week is our fourth trip with the college team which is just outside of Disney but we still get down there for a dinner or two.

        • Eric – just catching up, so happy to hear the positive news, my thoughts to you and your family and a trip I’m sure that will create many memories.

  4. Sorry I’m late. Slept WAY in this morning.

    So. Since yesterday we established that Bob Nutting is the next Art Rooney, on what shall we all agree today?

  5. So what do you think of this game ?

    2013 World Series preview?

    (You just HAVE to add the year for this group. Meaning YOU)

  6. Where do we put Nuttins statue

  7. DK’s link to “the Trib’s Pirate page” goes to a Duquesne site. And Drew and Dejan were in the same place at the same time…

    Just sayin


  8. Eric,
    Glad to learn about your good news!

    Famlly is paramount! This stuff is just for fun and enlightenment…..


  9. I don’t know if anyone watched the Blackhawks/Avs game last night but man oh man was I impressed by both teams even though the Blackhawks got blasted. They just seem so much faster and more fluid with their passing.

    Honestly reminded me of the first finals against the Red Wings where it seemed like every pass was stick to stick.

    • As an Avs fan, I was confident they could compete with Chicago as they are one of a few teams that can skate and match the Blackhawks speed. Duchene, O’Reilly, Stastny, Landeskog all exciting younger players to watch. Fun game last night.

      Have to give Chicago their just due for an amazing run.

  10. Still need more lunatics

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  11. Maybe today Burnett will be able to throw his repertoire and not telegraph his pitches as in his first few starts.

    Also game airs tonight on tape delay at 11:00 pm AZ time on MLB Network for those non-local Pirate fans.

  12. James Harrison gone??

    • released, doesn’t mean they can’t resign him but not likely

    • James Harrison wouldn’t be in the top 5 vets to be released if I had a say.

    • I’m a bit shocked. I know there was buildup to it, but surprised they did it. Not the dominant force he once was, but this team seems to keep subtracting and not adding much of anything. I don’t count William Gay.

  13. Yovani Gallardo looked impressive against Team USA last night. A monster year from him certainly doesn’t do anything for the Pirates cause, that’s for sure.

    The Americans already face a must win situation. lol.

  14. Sing it, Tom Singer.

    “Someone, in other words, who would enable Hurdle to ‘manage’.”

    So many directions this one could go.

  15. Harrison released, he of the 6 mighty sacks and 49 solo tackles…

    Now let’s see Colbert continue the change parade by releasing a few more overpaid, over the hill veterans.

  16. “The consistency in his game is really where he needs to improve,” Bylsma said. “But he didn’t come out of the lineup because of inconsistent play. It was just a situation where we went with a more veteran lineup in Philadelphia. It’s a tough building.”

    So it really wasn’t a fingernail issue. Freakin inconsistency?! Are you kidding, Disco? You’re saying Orpik, Engelland, Kennedy, Adams and Glass have been consistent? I’m starting to notice a pattern emerging on why no one from our farm system has come up and made an impact since the disco ball dropped on Pittsburgh. That’s about as delusional as Tom Singer’s articles.

    • Orpik and Kennedy have been consistent. Consistently bad. Your point is well taken though – I see no valid excuse for leaving Despres out of the lineup. When do you start playing him in tough buildings – the playoffs? This is the time to get him that exposure.

      Eaton has earned a spot as well, so Engelland should be the odd man out. The Pens need Orpik, so I hope he can play his way out of this funk.

      • Morning skate had Eaton and Bortuzzo scratched. Can’t believe they would bench Eaton at this point over Engelland. Probably just want to see another Engelland vs. Orr fight.

        • I can believe it. I’m sure Eaton suffered a hair follicle abrasion during practice that will keep him out of the lineup.

  17. Is this the world baseball classic? I only recognize two names in the Twins lineup. Is Drew there?

  18. They were just saying in the tv broadcast how the visitors don’t have to bring many starters on the road

  19. I’d like to hear Rossi’s theorem on why the Pens haven’t had a successfully developed player since Kris Letang, since there are us morons who see major flaws in Disco. By successful, I mean a player who has contributed significantly in stats and overall play for more than one consecutive year. I don’t think Shero is bad by any stretch, and Disco has his qualities. But I refuse to look at them both through rose-colored glasses.

    Putting aside Engelland, who doesn’t fit this category because a) he’s not a legit top 4 D and b) hasn’t shown obvious consistency, there isn’t one. We’ve got 2 young players sort-of playing at the NHL level, barring random scratches and other nonsense. One is apparently trade bait for some inexplicable reason and the other is just now starting to get a taste of his intended role. Either our development is majorly lacking or the coach is blatantly ignoring the obvious in his use of certain players.

    Yeah, Shero basically uses prospects to build the pro team. Not a horrible idea in theory, but we’re now seeing a major lack of available, obtainable talent through trade and free agency. The fact that guys like Parise and Suter got $100 million contracts is evidence enough of that. Iginla would likely cost a king’s ransom, and other than that, no one is really being openly shopped. Yeah it’s a short season, but the upcoming offseason isn’t looking much better, especially with the cap drop.

    So we aren’t drafting guys to contribute to our team, and the couple that we are more or less depending on to contribute to our team are being used sparingly in favor of “consistency”. What a crock reason. Orpik, Engelland, Kennedy, Adams and Glass have been consistent? On what planet? I’m not saying to cut them all, but don’t feed us b.s. reasons like the young guys aren’t consistent enough.

    Simon Despres has more points as a rookie D than Tyler Kennedy and Tanner Glass combined. Hey Disco, it’s hard to build consistency when you play 8 times per month. But by all means, keep the vets in who are more “consistent”. I don’t think Disco should be fired right now, obviously. But if we have another one and done, there should be no other alternative.

    I’m thrilled the Pens are doing well. But they’ve done well the past 3 years and get embarrassed in the playoffs. There’ no historical precedent or logical reasoning to suggest that won’t happen again. I don’t buy the urban legend Halak theory. Yeah he played great, but we’ve solved Marty Brodeur before. No reason Halak and Dwayne Rollosson should be all-stars against us. I’d like to eat my words, but right now I don’t think I will.

    Sorry to write so much. Disco does that to me.

  20. 1-0 Pirates top of the fifth.

    I guess AJ won’t be an early cut now.

  21. She found me. Dang GPS.

    Sitting on the deck of local haunt Grills at Port Canaveral. Fish Reuben and seafood chowder. Watching the port and the cruise ships. Listening to live music. She bought be a beer. Kona Firerock pale ale.

    I guess she can stay.

  22. Just joining in to video of the game. Was out shopping for furniture for the new house.
    2-2 top of sixth.

  23. The new reporter for Root Sports sounds exactly like Dan Potash

  24. Nice little play by JHay to snag a short pop to right.

  25. Mazzaro gives up a run in the top of the 7th and the Twins lead 3-2

  26. Oliver struggles mightily in the ninth for the Bucs. aDefense also goes to pot. Twins now up 5-2 heading to bottom ninth.

  27. Bucs rally for two in bottom of the ninth, but Twins win 5-4

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