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Final: Twins 2, Pirates 1, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (9-11) vs. Minnesota Twins, exhibition

Starters: RHP Gerrit Cole vs. RHP Cole De Vries

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers, Fla.


Here is the official live box score.

Here is the TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is on the beat.

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. Ghost says:

    If the MLB really wants to expand their international audience, I suggest they put a better product into the WBC tournament. Two good starting pitchers does not a world class team make. Need more of everything, but especially more offensive fire power. Oh, and hold competition in October/November when ALL countries players are in equal condition. Was a sad joke listening to the MLB Network trying to promote the remainder of the WBC to the American audience right after Team USA got the boot. I hope their ratings fall through the floor and sponsors demand their money back.

  2. Ghost says:

    And while I’m at it, I’m feeling all broken up that the Broncos lost Elvis Dumervil. Elway tried to play a Frank Coonelly-style game of chicken with Dumervil and his agent, and saw it backfire on them not too much differently than Coonelly did when he thought he was smarter than Scott Boras. Hope Dumervil ends up getting his $8 mil, though. Whether from Denver, or somewhere else.

  3. Ghost says:

    “Them” in “backfire on them” was supposed to refer to Elway. I made a mess. Bedtime for me.

  4. JAL says:

    JAL’s When Irish Eyes Are Smiling 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: A Look at Nick Kingham’s Constantly Increasing Velocity

    Pirate City Notes: Oliver to be a Starter; When will Heredia be in West Virginia?

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Jonathan Sanchez, Jeanmar Gomez dominate Astros

    On Jameson Taillon, Gerrit Cole and developing prospects: (Moderately) slow and steady (usually) wins the race

    7 WHY GAVS

    Is there any upside left to Jose Tabata?

    8 Bleacher Report

    Should a Strength of Schedule Metric Be Used to Seed MLB Playoff Teams?

    9 Rumbunter

    “This is the (Pirates’) Year”- Mark Melancon

    Pirates Jonathan Sanchez Now A Darkhorse For Rotation?

    Ken Rosenthal Isn’t Sold on 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates

    10 Green Weenie

    Bucs Hold Off ‘Stros 3-2

  5. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Bradenton Herald

    Jay Bell stoked to be Pirates hitting coach

    12 Yahoo Sports

    Why the Future Is Now for the Pittsburgh Pirates–mlb.html

    13 Morning Sun

    Has Tigers’ Jim Leyland already earned a ticket to Cooperstown?

    14 KDKA

    Watson Works And Waits

    15 Elon Pendulum

    MLB Preview 2013

    16 CBS Sports

    Figueroa helps Puerto Rico oust US from WBC, 4-3

    17 Sweetspot

    Pirates’ future rests on Cole, Taillon

    18 PBC SITE

    Jones’ return lifts Pirates behind solid Sanchez

    Notebook: Jones proves healthy, productive in return to field


    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Do Spring Speeds Matter?

    20 Fangraphs

    Positional Power Rankings: Second Base

  6. JAL says:

    When Irish Eyes Are Smiling The Irish Tenors Formed in 1998 they have 6 albums and tour regularly

  7. radio wave says:

    In the Pirates notebook it said Jonathan Sanchez has until the 24th to opt out. Please one more week then either get rid of this guy or let him walk.

  8. JAL says:

    The opt out clause can be exercised if he not placed on the 40 man roster by that date. Pirates have no openings on the 40 today but will have when they put Morton on the 60 day DL

  9. Drew71 says:

    Critical game.

    Must get to .500 soon or The Season Is Lost

  10. TJ says:

    Any truth that Sanders has signed an offer sheet from the Patriots? Seeing it was like 4yrs at 13mil total.

  11. Thundercrack says:

    Does he have any options left or is he a Rule 5 guy?

  12. Drew71 says:

    He’s a dumpster dive

  13. Reggie’s little brother.

  14. TJ says:

    There is an update to the article; states that Sanders contrary to the Post Gazetter report that he has left New England without signing an offer sheet.

    That money they invested in brown is going to look like a huge waste if he doesn’t have anyone else around him.

  15. Bizrow says:

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  16. Bizrow says:

    Welcome Lunatics, if you don’t see your current location below, please add a reply to this post

    Dejan’s Lunatic Nation – at the Trib,
    Arizona – Tucson, Chandler, Phoenix, Sunnyslope, Davis-Monthan AFB*
    Arkansas – Rogers
    Austrailia – Mackay
    California – Bakersfield, San Francisco, UNION CITY, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Yuba City, Solana Beach, Yorba Linda, Yuba City*, Edwards, Long Beach, Modesto, Davis
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    China – Beijing
    Colorado – Ft Collins, Estes Park*, Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs
    Connecticut – Cos Cob, Bridgeport, Wallingford, Norwalk, NEWTOWN
    Costa Rica
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    Georgia – Marietta, Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Acworth
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    44 states, plus the District of Columbia, missing 6 states, North Dakota, South Dakota, Hawaii, Alabama, Kansas and Oklahoma
    Two planets, at least confirmed, and the Space Station
    Honorable mention, England – London – Lisa
    Asterisks denote confirmed hero’s, military, police officers or firemen/ladies
    3/16/2013 10:37 AM

  17. Drew71 says:

    Waste or no choice?

    Will we look back after the upcoming season and ask why did they bother or thank heaven they did?

    If he stays healthy, Brown’s doesn’t seem to be a cement-shoes contract. And I tend to give this management group the benefit of the doubt that I might not to, umm, another.

  18. Drew71 says:

    I just walked the beach to Cape Canaveral and back. Does a three minute visit count?

  19. Drew71 says:

    That may have been confusing for somebody.

    For Dejan:


    A pebbly or sandy shore, esp. by the sea between high- and low-water marks.

    Run or haul up (a boat or ship) onto a beach: “a rowboat was beached”; “crews would not beach for fear of damaging craft”.

    noun. shore – seashore – strand – seaside – coast – sands
    verb. ground – strand

    DK: For Drew:


    The place to go shopping when your life has hit its absolute nadir, owned and operated by ruthless people obsessed with killing smaller private businesses worldwide. Can be spotted every other block in a state called Florida. Soon to be named state mascot.

  20. Bizrow says:

    + 1

  21. Thundercrack says:

    On my way to the airport. Going to see some spring training games and investigate this thing they call ‘the sun’.

    Oh, and I’ll see my in-laws too.

    DK: Send us a postcard from Wal-Mart!

  22. Have a great trip. Say hello to your father-in-law Drew for me.

  23. Drew71 says:

    Airport closed. Snowed in.

    But don’t worry.

    Your inlaws caught the last plane to Piittsburgh.

    They’re coming to YOU

  24. Drew71 says:




  25. Thundercrack says:

    If that meant you had to shovel snow in Fla, I would almost go for that


  26. Drew71 says:

    Cole through four innings: 1 run (earned), 5 hits, 4 SOs, 0 BBs

  27. Drew71 says:

    If I stand with my back to mainland and look to the water, the sky is bright, cloudless blue.

    If I look to mainland, there is some haze.

    So the lesson – Always look to the water, Grasshopper.

  28. Piglegs Robinson says:

    I’m listening to the broadcast today. It must be free for everyone because I never paid for anything. Just thought I’d check since it can’t be heard any other way today.
    Good outing for Gerrit Cole so far. Wandy is pitching good today for the world thing too.

    Talking with co-workers last couple days and we all agree that they better get Garrett Jones some time in right field now because the rest of the right field candidates are sucking, especially Tabata.

    The best lineup right now has Gaby Sanchez at first base and Jones in right. Gaby is having a very good spring, if this is for real he needs to play everyday. Jones & his power needs to be in there as well to protect Cutch. Otherwise Cutch will lead the league in walks and be a totally wasted bat.

  29. Arriba Wilver says:

    Looks like Barmes is in April form already. Just today, 2 throwing errors, one strikeout, no hits.

  30. Bizrow says:

    Do you have a ticket yet for Opening Day, AW?

  31. Arriba Wilver says:


  32. Bizrow says:

    Let me check with the lady, she doesn’t like baseball that much, just goes cause I do.

    Will you be upset if I park at the casino ;-)

  33. Drew71 says:

    Has a pitcher ever beaned his own shortstop?

  34. Arriba Wilver says:

    I won’t be upset, but I may tell you know who. Take the lady! :-)

  35. Drew71 says:

    Biz. Tell him “that’s no lady. That’s my wife.”



    I’m living vicariously through your response.


  36. Drew71 says:

    Pirates losing 2-1 and batting in the top of the 9th.

    The WHOLE SEASON is on the line.

    And they got some 14 year old batting.

    Named “Go Dirt”

    I’m not kidding.

  37. Piglegs Robinson says:

    Nice outing for Justin Wilson today. That 0.90 era and that Goose Gossage-like strikeout pitching looks like he should be on the relief staff for certain. Even better that he’s a lefty.

    I’ve always loved his potential. He has such good talent that he will not only overcome the wildness but even use it to his advantage. That is the mark of a good pitcher.

    I see a John Smiley-like future for him, beginning as a reliever the first year and then moving into the starting rotation the next year, just like how Smiley did it. That is, unless he becomes their next hotshot closer, which he is also capable of doing.

  38. Believe you’re right, Pigsy.

  39. Bizrow says:

    No, she’s not, yet

    I’ll talk to her tonight, AW, or tomorrow if she’s in a testy mood

    Not that she ever is…..

  40. Bizrow says:

    But look who she lives with….

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