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Grand Rapids Press

Michael Fulmer to start Tigers' home opener; Miguel Cabrera could play Sunday

Fulmer is coming off 2016 AL Rookie of the Year season; Cabrera is coming off back injury. BRADENTON, Fla. - Michael Fulmer is featured prominently on the Detroit Tigers' 2017 media guide. And now the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year will be the featured attraction as the team's starting pitcher for the Tigers' home opener April 7 against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus made the announcement prior to Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. "It's not necessarily a reward. We pushed him...

The Heater | Tampa Bay Times

Rays report: Moreno starting on bullpen day in Bradenton, 1:05

The Rays are back in beautiful Bradenton today to face the Pirates for the third time in five days, first pitch at 1:05.RHP Diego Moreno, a non-roster candidate for a bullpen job, will start in what will be a day of showcasing relievers. Also slated to pitch today are Danny Farquhar, Erasmo Ramirez and Chase Whitley.Big …

Clubhouse Insider | Boston Herald

Steven Wright strong again, proving shoulder injury is behind him

FORT MYERS -- Steven Wright knows how to cool the concerns coming from the Red Sox starting rotation.He rarely throws heat.Wright’s knuckleball did some work on Thursday against a Pirates lineup that included promising young outfielder Gregory Polanco and former All-Stars Starling Marte and David Freese. He allowed just two hits without a run in 4-⅓ innings.They’re the only two hits Wright has allowed in 9-⅓ innings across three Grapefruit League starts.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Foul ball hits fan in face during Pirates-Rays game

BRADENTON, Fla. — A man left LECOM Park in an ambulance and was transported to Blake Medical Center after being struck in the face by a foul ball in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s Pirates-Rays game.

The Heater | Tampa Bay Times

3 takeaways from Rays 5-4 walkoff loss to Pirates

3 takeaways from Rays 5-4 loss Pirates * INF Daniel Robertson has a real chance to make the team. With Matt DUffy out and Tim Beckham sliding into the starting SS job, Robertson could make the team as a utility infielder given the need for a right-handed bat. After a slow start, and the maturity to scrap changes he made during the winter …

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates' John Jaso to debut at third base vs. Rays

BRADENTON, Fla. — John Jaso will bat third and play third base Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. It marks his first game at third base in his professional career.

Bucco Blog | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pirates A.M. — Bored in RF? Try the hot corner instead

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — John Jaso will make his debut at third base today against the Rays. He’ll probably enjoy that spot more than right field. “It’s a little more boring out there (in the outfield), I’ll say that,” Jaso said. “It’s kind of cool being close to the action at first base. …

Beaver County Times

Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte return to Pirates after different experiences in WBC

While Polanco made strides at the plate in the World Baseball Classic, Marte barely played after suffering an ankle injury early in the tournament.

The Heater | Tampa Bay Times

Rays report: Snell (really) takes on Pirates in PC, 1:05

LHP Blake Snell is slated to be on the mound for the Rays today as they take on the Pirates in Port Charlotte at 1:05.Snell, who has had a rough spring thus far, was listed as the Sunday starter but that appeared to be a mixup on the game notes as he said he was slated all along for Monday.Snell, after showing promise …

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Paul Zeise: Pirates fans shouldn't be happy with the World Baseball Classic

Starling Marte is expected to return to the Dominican Republic lineup Thursday after missing three of the first four games of the World Baseball Classic with an ankle injury.

Full Count | WEEI

To nobody’s surprise, John Farrell has named Rick Porcello his Opening Day starter

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — You win a Cy Young Award, the honors keep coming. Prior to the Red Sox’ game against the Rays Wednesday, John Farrell confirmed that Rick Porcello would be his Opening Day starter, going up against the Pirates at Fenway Park, April 3. The Sox manager also said if everything remains on […]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Starling Marte expected to return to game activity Thursday

BRADENTON, Fla. — The medical staff for the Dominican Republic team expects center fielder Starling Marte, who missed the past two World Baseball Classic games with an ankle injury, will return to game activity Thursday, according to Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

David Price's injury may make Pirates' opening series vs. Red Sox easier

The Pirates’ season-opening series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park looked for a while like it would be rather unpleasant. And you know what? It still might be. Boston remains on track to have Chris Sale, their big offseason acquisition, and Rick Porcello, the reigning American League Cy Young award winner, start the first two games.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Spring training breakdown: Pirates 4, Rays 1

Saturday’s game at Orioles 1:05 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, Fla. Opp. name starter: RHP Mike Wright Pirates starter: RHP Clay Holmes Friday’s result Pirates ...

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Spring training breakdown: Pirates 10, Rays 8

Friday’s game vs. Rays 1:05 p.m. LECOM Park, Bradenton, Fla. Opp. name starter: RHP Matt Andriese Pirates starter: RHP Drew Hutchison Thursday’s result Pirates 10, ...

The Heater | Tampa Bay Times

Rays report: Andriese on mound vs. Pirates in Bradenton, 1:05

The Rays will be in Bradenton today to face the Pirates at LECOM Park, the new name of famously old McKechnie Field, at 1:05.RHP Matt Andriese, the projected fifth starter, will be on the mound for his first start,Many of the frontline players are staying back to work out in Port Charlotte today, as the biggest names on …

The Heater | Tampa Bay Times

Rays report: Snell starts vs. Pirates in PC, 1:05

The Rays have the chore of a day game after a (long) night game, hosting the Pirates today at 1:05 in Port Charlotte.LHP Blake Snell will start, having pitched in relief Saturday behind Chris Archer.The Rays lost on Wednesday to the Colombia WBC team, allowing six runs in the ninth inning in a game which they supplied …

The Heater | Tampa Bay Times

3 takeaways from Rays 10-8 loss to Pirates

Rays recored: 6-5-1Rays next game: at Pirates (Bradenton), 1:05 Friday. 3 takeaways from the Rays 10-8 loss to the Pirates: Rays recored: 6-5-1Rays next game: at Pirates (Bradenton), 1:05 Friday.

Tampa Bay Times

Rays at Pirates, 1:05 Friday, Bradenton

Today: at Pirates, 1:05 Lecom Park (formerly McKechnie Field), 1611 9th Street W, Bradenton

Tampa Bay Times

Rays vs. Pirates, 1:05 Thursday, at Port Charlotte

Today: vs Pirates, 1:05 Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Spring training breakdown: Dominican Republic 10, Pirates 6

THURSDAY’S GAME at Rays 1:05 p.m. Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte, Fla. Rays starter: LHP Blake Snell Pirates starter: RHP Chad Kuhl WEDNESDAY’S RESULT Dominican ...

Bucco Blog | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pirates A.M. — Notable lineup tweaks today

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — Two things stand out about today’s lineup. First, howdy, Josh Bell. He’ll make his Grapefruit League debut after recovering from offseason knee surgery. Second, grab a bat, Ivan Nova! The Pirates have stopped using a designated hitter. >>> Jung Ho Kang’s locker in the McKechnie clubhouse at the Ballpark […]

Boston Herald

Pirates catcher Cervelli hoping for healthier 2017

BRADENTON, Fla. — Before he broke his hand while taking a swing last June, Francisco Cervelli already had been on the disabled list at least a half-dozen times. That didnt make it any easier for the Pittsburgh Pirates catcher to accept having to sit out a big chunk of the season.Cervelli missed five weeks after having surgery to repair the hook of his hamate bone. Even after the injury healed, he had to play though lingering pain until being shut down in the final week of the season.It was embarrassing because I take this job seriously, Cervelli said. Thats the way Im wired. The good thing...

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Spring training breakdown: Pirates 6, Orioles 2/Pirates 7, Rays 2

sunday’s game at ORIOLES 1:05 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, Fla. Opp. starter:  LHP Wade Miles Pirates starter:  RHP Jameson Taillon Radio: 93.7 FM saturday’s ...