Full-squad workouts begin in Bradenton for Pittsburgh Pirates

Full-squad workouts for Pirates begin today in Bradenton

jlembo@bradenton.comFebruary 18, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Tuesday morning, the boys really are back in town.

After a week of pitchers and catchers and assorted position players manning the four fields of sprawling Pirate City, Tuesday marks the first full-squad workout for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have called Bradenton their southern home since 1969.

Workouts, free and open to the public, are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and wrap up at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Pirates are a hotter draw than they have been in decades after winning 94 games last year and reaching the National League Division Series.

Roughly three dozen people crowded around the Pirate City bullpen on Monday to watch pitchers such as Wandy

Rodriguez, Francisco Liriano and Mark Melancon throw to catchers such as Russell Martin, Chris Stewart, Carlos Paulino and Tony Sanchez.

Tuesday's workout means fans will see stars such as Andrew McCutchen, the National League's reigning MVP, in action along with exciting outfielder Starling Marte and slugging third baseman Pedro Alvarez.

The Pirates will be at Pirate City through Feb. 24 before heading to McKechnie Field for the annual intrasquad Black and Gold game at noon Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The Pirates open the home Grapefruit League schedule at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, against the New York Yankees.

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