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About face: Pirates’ Burnett now digging the shifts

By Travis Sawchik
BRADENTON, Fla. — A.J. Burnett’s 180-degree pivot this spring seemed unthinkable two years ago. Burnett never was on board with the Pirates’ dramatic defensive alignment play in 2013, when the club increased its shift usage by nearly 500 percent over the ...

Pirates notebook: Worley bounces back after rough start

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Vance Worley adjusted on the fly and bounced back from a rough first inning Thursday against the Atlanta Braves. In the process, Worley might have clinched the final spot in the Pirates’ starting rotation. Worley yielded five runs, ...

Spring training breakdown: Braves 7, Pirates 5

By Rob Biertempfel
BRAVES 7, PIRATES 5 Braves starter: Wandy Rodriguez 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO Pirates starter: Vance Worley 6 IP, ...

Hair Cutch: Pirates superstar lops off his locks for charity

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — New look, same Cutch. Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen on Wednesday shed his signature dreadlocks and revealed his new clean-cut style. On a self-made ...

Forbes: Pirates worth $900 million

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Maybe it’s not so bad being a “small-market” franchise, after all. The value of the Pirates franchise rose 57 percent last year to ...

Pirates’ Harrison working to use 2014 success as building block

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Clint Hurdle was supposed to be a Can’t-Miss Kid when he was a first-round draft pick four decades ago. Success did not ...

Reliever Caminero’s chances of making Pirates’ roster heating up

By Travis Sawchik
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Ninety-eight, 98, 98. Those were the first three mile-per-hour readings of Arquimedes Caminero pitches on the Charlotte Sports Park scoreboard Monday. ...

Pirates notebook: McCutchen says he’s ‘glad’ to be on field

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Andrew McCutchen said the lower-body discomfort that caused him to miss 10 spring training games would not have shut him down during ...

Spring training breakdown: Orioles 9, Pirates 2

By Rob Biertempfel
orioles 9, pirates 2 Orioles starter: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez 5 IP, 4 H, 3 SO Pirates starter: RHP Radhames Liz 3 IP, 4 H Take ...

Pirates notebook: McCutchen to return to Pirates lineup Tuesday

By Travis Sawchik
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Andrew McCutchen is expected to return to the Pirates’ starting lineup Tuesday against the Orioles. McCutchen was penciled in the third ...

Spring training breakdown: Pirates 7, Rays 6

By Travis Sawchik
Rays starter: Chris Archer 42⁄3 IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 4BB, 4K Pirates starter: A.J. Burnett 42⁄3 IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K (78 pitches, 46 pitches) Russ who?: Francisco Cervelli smashed his third homer of the spring, a two-run ...

McCutchen says injury won’t prevent him from playing Opening Day

By Rob Biertempfel
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — As his teammates buzzed around the Pirates clubhouse early Sunday morning, Andrew McCutchen relaxed at his locker with an ice pack strapped ...

Baseball awaits chance to fully delve into Cuba’s talent pool

By Bill West
Tributes to Roberto Clemente, from a bridge named after the Puerto Rican native to a supersized statue of him, line the path from downtown Pittsburgh ...

Pirates notebook: Morton’s struggles continue during rough outing versus Astros

By Rob Biertempfel
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The changes Charlie Morton made to his delivery this spring have not yet produced great results. Morton was torched for six runs in ...

Spring training breakdown: Astros 14, Pirates 2

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates starter: RHP Charlie Morton 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 SO Astros starter: RHP Roberto Hernandez 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP Dirtball read: After leading off the fourth with a single, ...

Pirates notebook: RV is home to pitcher Lincoln for spring training

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Most ballplayers don’t really go camping during spring training camp. The majority either rent an apartment or luck into a great long-term ...

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MLB

MLB notebook: Manfred reiterates stance on Yankees’ Rodriguez

By Wire Reports
• MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reiterated Thursday what he said several times already about the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez since taking over for the retired Bud Selig. Manfred said Rodriguez, suspended last season for PED use and his involvement with Biogenesis, …