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Here are some notes from Bucco camp…

- Jon Morosi of FOX Sports wonders if the Pirates can finally break “The Streak.”

- In Morosi’s article, Bucs’ closer Jason Grilli offered a few interesting comments:

“I’m not a GM, but any time you change the team chemistry, it always hurts… You change the guys you’re comfortable with, it’s like, ‘Wait a minute. That was a piece we liked, we needed.’ Not that anybody’s asking us for our opinions… Maybe some of it’s the economics here. Players know the situation. To get a top-tier bat … maybe the expectations were a little higher on our end. That’s not a knock against who we got. It’s just when you’re winning, it’s like, ‘Dude, do you want to go for the gusto here? Do you want to go for the jugular?’ … Pull the trigger. Do you want to win? Do you want to change? … As a player, it’s like, ‘Come on. Let’s see. Give us the pieces.’ Last year, the names being thrown around were (Hunter) Pence, (Shane) Victorino, Upton. … If anybody’s going to do it, you’d think a team that hasn’t won and is in first place would be the first to do it. Let’s not wait.”
Jason Grilli Pirates’ Closer

- Jeff Karstens, re-signed to a one-year deal this offseason, has already been slowed due to injury. Via Bill Brink of the Post-Gazette:

- Kyle McPherson was rated the second best rookie-eligible pitcher for 2013, according to FanGraphs.

- Russell Martin legitimately wants to play shortstop for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

- In “the best shape of his life” mode, Jose Tabata looks to bounce back this year, having dropped 10 pounds in the offseason.

- Clint Hurdle‘s contract extension is official.

- Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Luis Heredia all made Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list.

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