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Jeff Locke pitched 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball Friday in the Pirates' 4-2 win over the Twins.

Locke pitched better today than Vance Worley did yesterday, but Worley has still had the better spring and was the favorite to serve as the Pirates' fifth starter going in. Expect Locke to open up as a middle reliever and still make a bunch of starts over the course of the year.
Mar 27 - 5:24 PM

Gregory Polanco, who had just one extra-base hit in 37 at-bats this spring, homered and doubled Friday against the Twins.

That's better. The Pirates' faith in Polanco hasn't seemed to wane, and it still appears that the plan is to hit him second ahead of Andrew McCutchen. It's a great spot for his fantasy value, if he can hold on to it.
Mar 27 - 5:18 PM

Jung Ho Kang tripled and walked Friday against the Twins.

The triple got a boost from the wind, but at least it was a well-hit ball, which is something not seen much of from Kang these last two weeks. The Pirates still plan on carrying him as a reserve despite hit .133 average.
Mar 27 - 5:16 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Friday that the team still plans to carry Jung Ho Kang on the Opening Day roster.

Kang has hit just .111 in 11 games this spring, but Huntington has seen enough positives from the Korean import. "We've seen some really good things," the GM said. He'll back up all over the infield for the Pirates and remains an intriguing long-term guy despite his struggles this spring.
Mar 27 - 9:36 AM

Pirates optioned LHP Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A Indianapolis; re-assigned OFs Jose Tabata and Gorkys Hernandez, 3Bs Brent Morel and Deibinson Romero, INFs Steve Lombardozzi and Gustavo Nunez, RHPs Deolis Guerra, Josh Wall and Brad Lincoln, LHP Charlie Leesman and C Sebastian Valle to minor league camp.

Tabata is the biggest name here, but he wasn't expected to crack the Opening Day roster with Corey Hart, Andrew Lambo and Sean Rodriguez all capable of being backups in the outfield. LaFromboise struck out eight but allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings this spring.
Mar 27 - 8:58 AM

Neil Walker homered and doubled off the Braves' Wandy Rodriguez on Thursday.

Walker hit second today, but it appears he'll be the Pirates' cleanup man during the regular season, hitting in between Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. It's a nice spot for him to generate fantasy value.
Mar 26 - 4:28 PM

Radhames Liz pitched three scoreless innings Tuesday in his start against the Orioles.

The Pirates are intending to use Liz as a reliever, so these two starts he's gotten this spring are probably more about helping him develop consistency than anything else. He's allowed two runs in 10 innings.
Mar 24 - 4:36 PM

Jared Hughes gave up five runs and six hits in one-third of an inning Tuesday versus the Orioles.

Hughes saw his spring ERA balloon to 11.37 with the ugly outing. He had a 1.96 ERA last season, seemingly making him an integral part of the Pittsburgh bullpen. However, since he has an option remaining and some other Pirates relievers don't, he can't take that roster spot for granted.
Mar 24 - 4:34 PM

The slumping Jung Ho Kang went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday against the Orioles.

Kang is 3-for-27 with 11 strikeouts. He'll get another week to pull out of this, but if it doesn't happen, he might be looking at some Triple-A time to begin the season.
Mar 24 - 4:26 PM

Tony Sanchez doubled twice Tuesday to raise is spring average to .464.

With Chris Stewart likely DL bound to start the year, Sanchez figures to open up as Francisco Cervelli's backup. It'd just be a short-term assignment, though, even if Sanchez keeps hitting. The Pirates like Stewart's defense too much to bail on him.
Mar 24 - 4:25 PM

Andrew McCutchen (lower body soreness) is back in the Pirates' Grapefruit League lineup Tuesday.

As expected. McCutchen hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 12, but he has downplayed the situation all along and plans to be ready for the start of the season. The 28-year-old has dynamic across-the-board ability and should be one of the first players selected in all fantasy drafts.
Mar 24 - 8:24 AM

Gorkys Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a home run Monday to lead the Pirates to a 7-6 win over the Rays.

Hernandez has a great glove, but his bat has kept him out of the majors since a 70-game stint with the Marlins and Pirates in 2012. That might change next month, since the Pirates are looking for a reserve outfielder with Travis Snider gone. They're smart enough to know his .407 spring average won't carry over, but he's in the running anyway. What might work against him is that the Pirates hardly need to focus on defense with their outfield reserves when they have three legitimate center fielders in the starting lineup.
Mar 23 - 5:24 PM

A.J. Burnett was tagged for five runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Rays on Monday.

Burnett's shaky spring has seen him give up nine runs and walk eight in 10 2/3 innings over his last three starts. He's typically been a lousy pitcher in March, so it's not a big area of concern. Still, given that his stuff isn't what it was, he just can't afford quite as many walks these days.
Mar 23 - 5:20 PM

Arquimedes Caminero struck out four in two scoreless innings out of the pen Monday against the Rays.

We're not sure what the Marlins were thinking getting rid of Caminero last month when he still had options remaining. He's allowed two runs and posted a 16/1 K/BB ratio in 10 innings this spring, and while that might not get him a roster spot in Pittsburgh, he projects as a setup man in time.
Mar 23 - 5:17 PM

Andrew McCutchen (lower body soreness) is expected to return to the Pirates' spring lineup on Tuesday.

McCutchen hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 12, but the Bucs insist that the extended absence was precautionary. He is fully expected to be ready for the beginning of the regular season and the 28-year-old center fielder should be one of the first players off the board in all standard mixed league fantasy drafts.
Mar 23 - 12:03 PM


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