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Final: Blue Jays 6, Pirates 3, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (12-16-1) vs. Toronto Blue Jays, exhibition

Starters: LHP Jonathan Sanchez vs. LHP Ricky Romero

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin, Fla.

Radio: MLB.com

Here is the official live box score.

Here is the TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is among the octogenarians.

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.

137 Comments

  1. MAJOR ANNOUCEMENT regarding “The Window” for the 2013 season. Hopefully on the radio today. That is if DK takes my call…

  2. Does anyone get the feeling that management is so obsessed with averting another collapse that they are overlooking the importance of starting well ? These players they are stockpiling for the end of the season won’t mean a thing if they are buried in the standings by the time they get there.

  3. Here’s a 1st guess. No way I would have let Jonathan Sanchez pitch a major league game. I would have had him get his work in at minor league camp.

  4. A question. If the Brewers lost the 17th pick in the first round for signing Lohse, why are the Cards getting the 28th pick in the first round this year as compensation? Or was that just a mistake by the folks reporting it?

    • As far as I can tell, the signing team gives up its pick and the receiving team makes said pick at the end of the first round while the teams after the signing team move up a spot.

      Milwaukee’s 17th pick was the first one to be surrendered, thus St Louis makes the first comp pick at #28 and so on.

      • Ok, thanks, in the old contract, the Cards would have gotten the 17th pick, I think.

        What you said makes sense. 30 teams, 3 lost picks, PBC has an extra.

  5. Thunder,

    I was surprised how tall Felix Pie is.

  6. Big THANK YOU to DK for taking my call.
    The Window will be back for the 2013 season!!

    The first line of the season will be posted on Wednesday’s wake up call.
    Looking forward to a great 2013 season with my fellow lunatics!

    Also, The Window is now on Twitter, feel free to follow @TheBuccoWindow

  7. Pirates tie it up in the top of the 4th, and the pitcher gives up a go ahead HR in the bottom of the 4th. Sounds like the Pirates.

  8. Sanchez coming out with no one on and 2 outs in the 5th. Hope he’s not hurt. Didn’t see the total pitch count.

    Stuart

  9. Not a horrific outing for Sanchez, especially after that first inning. 4.2, 4 ER, 6 K’s, 1 BB.

  10. Does Felix Pie make this team? His play this spring has intrigued me…..

    • They can send Pie down to Indy, without the 100k bonus.

      Tabby is out of options

      I’m betting Tabby stays, for now

  11. Another former PBC on the move, from MLBTradeRumors

    Traded for Vernon Wells by Yankees

    Cayones, 21, was acquired by the Yankees from the Pirates in the A.J. Burnett trade in February of last year, so he’s again attached to a salary dump. He hit .228/.374/.291 in 200 Low-A plate appearances last year, playing mostly right field.

  12. Inge went 6 for 37 in ST, but made the club?

  13. They just mentioned Al Martin. Sorry, but just like Jose Tabata’s fake baby, the two wives will always make the 1st paragraph.

  14. Depres gets sent to WB per a Dejan tweet

    • Saw that coming.

      • I would think that means either Malkin or Letang plays tonight?

        • No neither plays tonight.

          • They took Letang off IR. He’s playing.

          • Say what? Neither are playing. This Malkin injury has me worried. Upper body and he’s skating but not a concussion. They are playing this like the Crosby situation where 3 months later they find he had a broken bone in his neck.

            • I would think it’s most likely a minor shoulder seperation. Doesn’t prevent him from skating, they said he was doing some contact work. In an interview he said it (the injury, not specified) was still a little sore.

              May not be right, but fits the known info.

          • No reason to move Depres if no one is getting activated for tonight, right?

            • Yes cause your still adding Morrow without removing anyone.

              • I’m going to try this slower. L e t a n g i s p l a y i n g.

              • I thought there was a guy (a winger) that they brought up from WB, Smith?? that they sent back down when Morrow was obtained, but, you know, I could be wrong,

                That happened (me being wrong) just last week ;-)

            • Good call Biz; forgot about the 28 year old Trevor Smith.

              So yes Despres was likely sent out cause of Letang.

              Milo got to work on that spacing a little cause it doesn’t come across slower; just one long word

    • I would think it means Letang is playing since Murray has yet to arrive.

      I see Bennett being sent down once Murray arrives and Malkin is ready. That is until the team trades a few assets at the deadline for 2nd round picks that are worth nothing around here!

      Sorry had to say it!

      • None story. He and/or Bennett will be back on 4/3 when rosters are expanded.

        Out of 2nd round picks for a couple of years.

        • Yes I know we are out of 2nd round picks. I believe the Pens are going to make additional moves involving perhaps current roster players like TK that may bring back draft picks.

          • I dunno hockeymonster wanted to trade PM last week so we could afford to extend him…

            I agree more moves coming and it makes sense to get some picks back or Mario’s Box will be full every nite.

  15. Pirates should consider a reverse rotation. Have Sanchez and the 5th starter go against the other teams #1 and #2 starters. Why waste Burnett and Wandy in games against other teams real aces when we are more than likely going to lose every 4th and 5th day any way.

    • Can’t wait to hear about the number of fights at those games cause you end up pissing on the guy next to you while drunk and trying to play a game involving a urinal. Brilliant idea.

      Thought this was a joke at first; like the time I first fell for the “did you hear there are windows in the bathrooms at the new park”. Really? “Yeah so you can P “N”C the park”.

    • Aiming whilst peeing…..can any of us guys do that, other than writing our name in the snow?

  16. Bucs lose.

    I’m betting Despr3s is only a paper move. He’s back to stay after the 3rd of April.

    Meantime Shero isn’t yet out of moves.

    Stuart

  17. I’ll bet the Habs would like to have Despres. I’ll be glad when they leave town. I’d move Engelland if there are any takers.

    Stuart

  18. Sorry if your not an insider but here is a link:

    http://insider.espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/9096834/nhl-trade-deadline-moves-ducks-kings-sharks-stars-coyotes

    They have the Coyotes problem as scoring; and their suggestion for a fix is…..

    TYLER KENNEDY

  19. Everyone keeps saying don’t touch the top line. I agree they are playing well and Kunitz and Dupuis are have career years. But my question is how many more goals would a guy like Iginla have than say Dupuis who misses the net quite often.

    • DuPuis, Cook and Sutter would make a great third line, including PKs. I’d put Bennett with Jeffries and 27 on the fourth and take my chances.

      I’ve liked all of the moves So far, but still nervous about Despres.

      Stuart

      • I would have concerns with both Bennett and Jeffries on 4th line. Bennett I can see, Jefferies has shown nothing scoring wise, with ample opportunity, and has little sandpaper in his game that the 4th line needs and not a ga great FO guy. Adams. Bennett and Vitalie unless there more moves.

        I’m not sure why you are nervous about Depres, no one is down on him, just the facts of life for youngens and a deep roster.

  20. I noticed that Jandy left when you guys started talking about writing your name in the snow.

    I don’t think she left because she was grossed out———I think she went out to practice!

    • Groat, I don’t think that much really bothers our Jandy. She can give it as well as take it.

      BTW I didn’t see a prediction from you for the Bucs.

      Stuart

      • My heart tells me 88.

        My head tells me 72.

        Pirates have no depth and so many holes that all have to go just right for them to be a winning team. Can the sun rise just right very day for a full season?

        My biggest worry is that Bucs win 82, and BMTIB is renewed.

        Only starter without concerns is Wandy. Is AJ the pitcher from first 4 months last year or is he the pitcher from the 2 previous seasons? Is JMac Dr. Jekkyl or Mr. Hyde? Is J. Sanchez still the pitcher that got CUT from KC Royals last season? Will all of .211 batting Russ Martin’s homeruns turn into long flyouts in PNC’s big left center field? Will Barmes add no field to his no hit stance? Will anyone playing right field hit at all? Will Pedro be another Dave Nicholsen? Can Grilli close beyond July 4?

        I see 3 1/2 answers: McCutch, Walker, Marte, and platooning Garrett Jones.
        All the rest I see as questions.

        If I were betting the house, I’d say 69-72 wins. Crap!!!

  21. Yankees sign Lyle Overbay. Yesssssssssss.

    • The Yanks cut former Pirate great Matt Diaz earlier this spring. Now they sign Overbay (aka Overpaid) when he played for the Bucs. Things must be pretty bleak in the Bronx.

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