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Pirates begin Spring Training today in Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates are back in Bradenton and will conduct their first official workout of the spring at noon today at Pirate City.

Pitchers and catchers will be on hand today, and the first full-squad workout is scheduled for Saturday. All workouts are free and open to the public.

The Pirates expect to have 62 players in camp, including 22 non-roster invitees.

Included among that list are former Bradenton Marauders, such as Tony Sanchez, Jeff Locke and Bryan Morris.

Pitchers Locke and Morris are on the 40-man roster.

The Pirates play their first game 12:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at McKechnie Field against State College of Florida in the annual charity game. They open up Grapefruit League play the next day against in Port Charlotte against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Pirates host the Rays 1:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, in their Grapefruit League home opener.

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