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Pirates

Highly regarded Bucs prospect struggles

BRADENTON, Fla. — Newly acquired catcher Mike Zunino doubled home two runs for Tampa Bay. Avisail Garcia had two hits and four RBIs, and Ryne Stanek tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the Rays’ 10-4 win Sunday. Pablo Reyes homered for Pittsburgh. He has two home runs in his last three ...

Spring training games mean different things to different folks

BRADENTON, Fla. — Spring training means different things to different teams. Take the Pirates, for example. The Bucs’ first week of Grapefruit League action featured both highs and lows. The Pirates started with three straight wins over the Phillies, Marlins and Red Sox then lost four in ...

Dickerson has solid outing for Pirates

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Corey Dickerson had a triple and a double, driving in two runs for Pittsburgh in an 8-7 Grapefruit League win over the New York Yankees on Saturday. Top prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes doubled and walked, scoring two runs in a game the Pirates scored five ...

Harper, Phillies thinking big

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Bryce Harper has the Philadelphia Phillies thinking October baseball before even arriving in camp. The six-time All-Star outfielder and the Phillies agreed Thursday to a $330 million, 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history. Now a team that hasn’t had a ...

Nutting: Pricey free agent would imbalance Pirates payroll

BRADENTON, Fla. — Having watched the San Diego Padres reach a $300 million, 10-year deal with Manny Machado, Pirates owner Bob Nutting doesn’t think it makes sense Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington to add a pricey free agent. A huge salary could cause the portion paid to one ...

Two are going for one spot

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Erik Gonzalez and Kevin Newman are competing to start at shortstop for Pittsburgh, the one open position in the Pirates’ everyday lineup. The job opened when Jordy Mercer left after seven seasons and signed with the Detroit Tigers. Gonzalez was ...