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Final: Pirates 2, Yankees 1, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (12-18-1) vs. New York Yankees, exhibition

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Fla.


Here is the official live box score.

Here is the TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel bids farewell to Florida.

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. A caught stealing and without an error on Martin. Of course Ichiro is about 65 years old.

  2. Pretty good chat, as per usual

  3. Anyone know if Robby Grossman is sticking with the Astros this year? Just saw that Gorkys is not going to make Miami’s 25 man roster

  4. What do we think ? About 2 hours 10 minutes today ?

    • If that. Large strike zone today.

      • And all the 1st ball swinging. They can’t wait to get home.

      • The ol’ Get Out Of Town Today strike zone, I guess

        • Reminds me about 10 years ago when my kid was in Little League playing a weekday game. The ump started out by telling everyone to keep it rolling, that the Friends finale was that night. I think the game took an hour.

          • I did the same a couple years ago with the Stanley Cup Finals. I was doing the bases for my nephew’s game & I told both teams before the game everyone’s out. Everyone else was in a hurry too.

          • I can’t remember. Did Ross and Rachel end up together? I always thought Ross was a putz.

            • I don’t even know. We swore off prime time television when Seinfeld went off the air in 1998.

              And don’t bag on Ross. There’s nothing wrong with the putz getting the hot chick. I did.

              • :) Me too. Still don’t know how it happened. What’s the great Groucho Marx line: “I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member “.

  5. Afternoon Sports-fans!!
    Still time to “wager” on the very first OVER / UNDER of the year!!
    This line will stay open until Sunday evening, and as always this is just for fun and entertainment purposes.

    Total number of Pirates Victories in 2013
    LINE is 81.5
    Maximum “wager” is 250 units. All “wagers” must be divisible by 5.

    Anyone can play, and everyone should try!
    What’ll ya have? What’ll ya have?

    **The Window is on twitter @TheBuccoWindow, feel free to follow**

    Please reply in this box, makes it much easier for me to “book-keep” that way.
    If you “wagered” yesterday, and got a reply back from me, then I have you on the sheet.

  6. Saw the Yankees picked to finish 5th in the AL East yesterday — AP report in the Des Moines Register.

    Their last losing season was in 1992.


  7. I came across this little nugget – FanGraphs & Baseball Reference agree to value for replacement level in WAR.

    I don’t know about you, but I’m sure gonna sleep better tonight.

  8. 6 innings in 1 hour & 17 minutes. Good outing for Locke.

  9. I always have learned that when you start talking about retirement, it’s time to stick a fork in you. You will never excel again——just coast along.

    Anyone else concerned about AJ Burnett’s retirement comments?

  10. Oshkosh b’gosh!

    I hope you are still into college basketball. Sometimes it’s hard after your team takes the big dive.

    Tonight and tomorrow’s games are fantastic . . . . . . .
    Ohio State/Arizona, Indiana/Syracuse, Marquette/Miami, LaSalle/Wichita State tonight.

    Tomorrow Duke/Michigan State, Kansas/Michigan, Florida/Florida Gulf Coast, and Lullvile/Oregon, with Kyle Singler’s bro.

    The only way it could be better is if Wisconsin was still alive. I told you they had the bracket for them to reach the Final Four!

    I watched the 2nd Half of Bulls/Heat game last night——SWEET!!!!

    • And the Hawkeyes beat Virginia last night and snapped their home court streak. They’re going to the NIT final four. It’s interesting that all the teams they’ve played so far in that tournament have been heavy on freshmen and light on seniors. Maybe next year they can challenge in the Big 10 — especially if the NBA raids the opposition.

      The game may not be “important” but the NIT run has been fun.

      Also caught up with Iowa State loss at Ohio State that I didn’t see. It seems there was a officiating controversy at the end. Second time it’s happened to the Cyclones in the last seconds of a big game this season. First time a was a loss to Kansas in the regular season. Like Hoiberg said though, it doesn’t change anything, just makes you feel worse.

      Instead of five minutes of hockey last night, I saw five minutes of really good rugby. Fiji and New Zealand. I wonder if those guys have anywhere near the concussion rate that the NFL has — playing without pads and helmets the way they do. Whatever the answer it’s a very watchable sport. Just no one to root for.

      And I know spring training stats are meaningless, but Barmes is hitting .178. I hate to pick on one of our own guys — but it’s getting to be like the proverbial under the saddle.

      • Iowa Hader,

        I watched the last 5 minutes of that NIT game with Iowa and Virginia last night.

        Hawkeyes really took it straight at them. 3-pointers galore. I was surprised because Virginia is strong, strong on defense.

        I love your coach! Finally got the right one! You and I talked about Tom Davis last week. Terrible move that took 2 decades to overcome.

        • I think it came down to conditioning and bench strength. It was pretty much trading blows for the first 30 minutes — that defense was tough, but in the end they wore down — and the Hawks had a great shooting night.

          McCaffery is a very good recruiter and his offense looks like it’s fun. It’s fun to watch — especially when the shots are falling.

          But to the topic at hand, who is Ethan Hollingsworth?

          • Guess by now you’ve Googled on him yourself, Jim, looks like the Pirates got him in the minor league Rule 5 portion in December. Came from the Royals organization. Keep an eye on that boy!

  11. Lucky,

    Where do you see Stefan Welch starting the season ?

  12. Hi Groat:

    No haven’t given up, Ill be watching college hoops. I used to have to deal a lot with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Marquette. I follow them. (I was rooting for Dolan-the former Archbishop in Milwaukee to become Pope so that I could tell people I’ve talked to the Pope in his office). The Big Ten always interests me. I root for Ohio State and Duke to advance because of you and Lucky. I lived in Lawrence, KS for a brief while. And, I’m not afraid to admit it, I’m a fan of the Oregon cheerleaders. Plenty of stories for me to follow. In my world-the tournament beats out the Pens for my television time.

    I could not believe the crowd at the United Center last night. It will be appointment TV for me if those two teams meet in the playoffs. My Bucks are playing like they don’t want that eighth seed at all and are willing to give it up to Philly. We will see.

    • Lots of talk on Mine & Mike this morning about Derek Rose refusing to come back and play. Say he has been playing all out at Bulls’ scrimmages for over 30 days.

      If you add Rose and Noah, that Bulls team is a heck of a team!

      So, so glad the Heat lost!!

      • They are the only team in the East that can take them out, Groat. I will be curious to see how the Heat respond. Will they be able to beat the Spurs?

        Wonder if hockey people in other towns will view the Pens like many view the Heat. The team to root against, that is.

  13. Checked the blog for the first time since the game started and saw just 38 comments.

    First thought was that Jeff Locke must have pitched well.

    Sure enough.

  14. Penguins are my favorite sports team———Duke and the Pirates are FAMILY———and I follow them religiously.

    However . . . . . . . I HATE the Yankees and now the Dodgers because they bully other teams with their money! I HATE the Lakers and the Heat (salary cap league) for the same reason!

    I feel a wince of guilt or hesitancy about the Pens getting Iginla, as much as I am excited to see him in Black and God. If the shoe fits . . . . I don’t want to have the same attitude as the Lakers or Heat.

    Anyone else experiencing this dilemma?

  15. Locke pitched so good he should be bumped up to #4 Starter!


  16. I can’t get to work on my computer today——what’s the latest on Bucco game?

    I’m really Jonesing for that 13th Grapefruit win!!!

  17. Raise it !

  18. Kentuck Knob,

    I don’t know about your church, but the church I go to has a special service tonight to focus on what Jesus did for us: a Maundy Thursday service. I forgot to set the DVR, so I will need you all to capture the sights of tonight’s Penguin game and recall them tomorrow.

    Can’t watch the replay at 11:00 because I will be watching live college basketball!

    I should catch the 3rd Period with Mike Lange on the way home.

    A most somber service tonight——Gethsemane, betrayal, humility at foot-washing, denial. Chilling. Moving. Do you have one?

    • We don’t. We used to in the denominational church I was raised in. Very nice service, too.

      We kind of combine a lot of stuff on Sunday. Hard to get all 15 of us together during the week. (Sarcasm not omitted)

      Exs. Monday night prayer-3 or 4; Wed. Bible Study-4 or 5

      I think we’re reaching more on Facebook, etc. now than in this community. Some have even clicked on “the blue” off this blog. Don’t know if they listened to any messages or got scared away, but at least it’s on there. :P

  19. Forgive me if this has already been posted or written about, but anyone know when the minor league rosters will be set? If it’s been done, if anyone has a link to assignments I’d sure appreciate it.

    • There are tentative ones off There is a disclaimer at the bottom of each saying they won’t be set until ST ends.

      They look pretty set to me. They are by ML team, which is really nice.

  20. I saw’s last night, but it looked like West Virginia’s was from last year still. Taillon starting out at Altoona, I guess?

  21. Paul White, National Writer for USA Today Sports Weekly picks the Pirates to win the Central with a record of 89-73.

  22. Box score says Francisco Cerveli tripled off Jeff Locke.

    Any word on which outfielder broke a leg in order for that lump of lard to make it all the way to third base without taking a breather?

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