We’ve (almost) made it: the last week of spring training is here, and the Pirates will be breaking camp in just a few days.
Monday, 3/23 – Pirates 7, Rays 6
Tuesday, 3/24 – Orioles 9, Pirates 2
Thursday, 3/26 – Braves 7, Pirates 5
Friday, 3/27 – Pirates 4, Twins 2
Gregory Polanco goes deep in a rain-shortened contest.
Saturday, 3/28 – Pirates 8, Blue Jays 3
Polanco goes deep for the second time in as many days; Charlie Morton gets his work in, surrendering two homers into the Florida wind.
Sunday, 3/29 – Pirates 4, Braves 2
Jung-Ho Kang gets going with two hits, including a two-run shot in the ninth inning.
News & Notes
– Andrew McCutchen got his hair cut…!
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 25, 2015
– Jung-Ho Kang is picking things up after taking a bit of a rest. He got extra at-bats at Pirate City on Thursday, hit a long triple on Friday, then homered on Sunday. He’s refined his big leg kick — Clint Hurdle says it’ll be especially limited with two strikes, something he used to do in Korea.
Here’s the swing on his no-leg-kick triple:
And his Sunday homer with leg-kick:
Bat could play if he gets his timing down.
– Hopefully Polanco is kicking it into gear as well… Two towering home runs this weekend:
– Roster cuts made this past week: Jose Tabata, Brent Morel, Steve Lombardozzi, Gorkys Hernandez, Gustavo Nunez, Deibinson Romero, Sebastian Valle, Bobby LaFromboise, Brad Lincoln, Josh Wall, Charlie Leesman, Deolis Guerra … Still more on the way, with the final round coming in the next few days.
Monday, 3/30 – vs. Phillies 1:05
Tuesday, 3/31 – @ Tigers 1:05
Wednesday, 4/1 – @ Orioles 7:05
Thursday, 4/2 – @ Yankees 1:05
Friday, 4/3 – @ Phillies 7:05
Saturday, 4/4 – @ Phillies 1:05
Wednesday’s game will be televised on MLB Network. Friday (ROOT Sports) and Saturday (MLB Network, delayed) will be played in Philadelphia.
ONE week until Opening Day…