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3/5/2015 | Liriano, Morton on the hill a welcome sight for Bucs

Francisco Liriano was hardly seen in his first two Spring Trainings with the Pirates. Charlie Morton wasn't expected to be seen when this 2015 season gets underway. So there was the welcome sight Thursday of both veteran pitchers putting up two zeroes each in a 2-1 exhibition loss to the Yankees.

3/5/2015 | Ready to make leap, Bucs' Lambo has new number, outlook

His uniform number -- from the back-shelf 57 to the front-row 15 -- isn't the only thing Andrew Lambo has changed. Some things you can't see. "This year I'm confident, physically and mentally focused and ready," Lambo said. "Last year I was unprepared, not confident."

3/5/2015 | Bats unable to back pitching in loss to Yankees

Left-hander Francisco Liriano and righty Charlie Morton, two-fifths of the Bucs' rotation, each pitched two shutout innings in their first appearances of the spring in a 2-1 loss to the Yankees on Thursday afternoon at McKechnie Field.

3/5/2015 | Harrison not concerned about minor ankle injury

Josh Harrison, who exited Wednesday's game in the first inning after turning his left ankle, will rest as a precaution for the next couple of days, but he said the injury is minor.

3/5/2015 | Bucs lead clubs eager to take next step this season

As we speak, there are 29 baseball teams in Spring Training that are all talking about "taking the next step." The only team that does not have to talk like this is the San Francisco Giants. The Giants could very easily discuss "taking the same step," the one that has led them to three World Series championships over five seasons.

3/4/2015 | New Bucs battery makes most of first pairing

The Bucs plugged in a new battery on Wednesday. Gerrit Cole and his spring ERA both liked the connection. In the start against the Blue Jays, a 4-1 Pirates loss, Cole was paired in game conditions for the first time with Francisco Cervelli, and the two hit it off well.

3/4/2015 | Cole, Cervelli click early as Bucs fall to Blue Jays

Dalton Pompey, Kevin Pillar and Dioner Navarro all had doubles as the Blue Jays came away with a 4-1 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday afternoon at McKechnie Field. Pittsburgh's lone run came in the second inning, when Jordy Mercer scored on a wild pitch by left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

3/4/2015 | Harrison exits Pirates' game with ankle discomfort

Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison departed Wednesday's Grapefruit League game with what the club described as "discomfort" in his left ankle.

3/4/2015 | Pirates agree with 21 players on 2015 contracts

The Pirates on Wednesday announced contract agreements with 21 players, bringing their entire 40-man roster into the fold.

3/3/2015 | Walker: Alvarez 'what you want in a teammate'

Pedro Alvarez doesn't often speak on his own behalf, but his teammates are eager to vouch for him, most notably good friend Neil Walker.

3/3/2015 | Kang's first homer paces Bucs in spring opener

After Pedro Alvarez got the Pirates off to a fast start with a home run off Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez, new shortstop Jung Ho Kang connected on his first homer.

3/3/2015 | Home run highlights Kang's successful debut

Jung Ho Kang wasted no time demonstrating the power stroke that led the Pirates to bring him in, connecting on a solo home run in the third inning of their game against the Blue Jays.

3/3/2015 | Hart's foot recovering nicely from hot tub misfortune

Corey Hart moved about McKechnie Field's locker room evenly Tuesday morning, displaying no outward sign of the freak accident that will keep him sidelined until the weekend.

3/3/2015 | Cumpton shut down with right elbow pain

Brandon Cumpton, one of the starting pitchers expected to provide rotation depth for the Pirates during the 2015 season, has been shut down with pain in his right elbow.

3/2/2015 | Bucs set to open Grapefruit slate vs. old friend

Starting the prelude to a new season, the Pirates will run into an old friend. They inaugurate Grapefruit play on Tuesday against Russell Martin and some other Toronto Blue Jays.

3/2/2015 | Tabata's new swing is turning heads in Pirate City

During a week of full-squad workouts at Pirate City, the Bucs kept score of a daily drill on situational hitting. It was the "Competition Game," and Jose Tabata nailed it. A spot on the bench may be out of his reach, but he's making it hard on club decision-makers.

3/2/2015 | Kang's shortstop debut in intrasquad tilt draws big cheers

The public unveiling of Jung Ho Kang was a popular hit. It was the only hit for Kang on Monday, as he played the first three innings of his Black team's 2-1 victory over the Gold team in an annual intrasquad game, but he nonetheless considered it a success.

3/1/2015 | Pirates set pitching plans for early set of games

The Bucs completed the first phase of their Spring Training on Sunday, pulling up Pirate City stakes. Work done, immediate pitching plans set. Next stop, McKechnie Field and one more pit stop before the onset of play: Monday's Black and Gold intrasquad game.

3/1/2015 | Kang eager to start playing in games

Jung Ho Kang has gone through three weeks as a Major Leaguer-in-training. He has gotten to know his Pirates teammates, has put on power shows in batting practice and has rehearsed in-game communication with manager Clint Hurdle through an interpreter.