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Pirates

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 ...

Country music star in camp for a good cause

BRADENTON, Fla. — “Now batting for the Pirates, third baseman Garth Brooks!” No, that’s not going to happen, but the country music singing legend has signed a contract and is working out with the Pirates at their spring training complex in Pirate City. It’s not the first time ...

Taillon is opening-day starter

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jameson Taillon will be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ opening-day starter. The right-hander will pitch March 28 against the Reds at Cincinnati, manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday. It will be the first opening-day start of Taillon’s four-year career. Taillon was 14-10 with ...

Liriano hopes return sparks comeback

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Francisco Liriano had a handful of offers during free agency that were basically the same. Teams wanted him to come to spring training on a minor league contract. Realizing he was not getting a major league deal, he returned to the team where he had ...