BRADENTON, Fla. -- Following Thursday's abbreviated workouts, the Bucs pulled up stakes in Pirate City. Next stop: McKechnie Field on Friday for the club's lone intrasquad game of the spring.You certainly cannot read anything into them, or draw any conclusions about early camp assessments. Still, for curiosity purposes and as yet another sign of approaching spring, here are the starting lineups for the 2012 Bucs' first "competitive" episode. The Golds:
Alex Presley, LF
Clint Barmes, SS
Nate McLouth, CF
Neil Walker, 2B
Nick Evans, 3B
Brandon Boggs, RF
Matt Hague, 1B
Jeff Clement, DH
Michael McKenry, C Jeff Karstens is due to start for the Golds, with Rudy Owens, Gerrit Cole, Jared Hughes, Bryan Morris and Tim Wood also scheduled for pitch for them. The Blacks:
Jose Tabata, RF
Anderson Hernandez, 2B
Andrew McCutchen, CF
Garrett Jones, 1B
Casey McGehee, DH
Pedro Alvarez, 3B
Yamaico Navarro, SS
Gorkys Hernandez, LF
Eric Fryer, C The Blacks will start Kevin Correia, then also pitch Jeff Locke, Kyle McPherson, Michael Crotta and Duke Welker.
Hurdle satisfied as Bucs move to McKechnie
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Bucs pulled out of Pirate City following Thursday morning's workout, wrapping up two weeks of Spring Training drills that left manager Clint Hurdle satisfied."The attitude and the effort showed up every day," Hurdle said. "That's always something the individual player can bring to the collective benefit of the group. And I saw that."
The Pirates switch their primary base to McKechnie Field, while Pirate City transitions into the organization's Minor League camp. However, players from the big club who are not part of the daily game roster will continue to use the facilities.The McKechnie Field phase kicks off with Friday's intrasquad game between the so-called Golds and Blacks at noon ET. The Bucs will then bus to Dunedin for Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Blue Jays, who the following day will return the favor in the home opener. "The work we did was extensive," Hurdle said about the Pirate City experience. "We stretched out some of the days to get their legs underneath them. I'm very happy with what we were able to accomplish here."
Trevor Gooby hoped the baby boy he helped deliver Tuesday night during a fan event at McKechnie field might be named "Trevor." The Pirates' director of Florida operations told the new mom, Latisha Kirk, that it's "a great name." She agreed that commemorating the birth was a great idea -- and named him McKechnie. Thursday's finals of the Pirate City Bunting Championship had it all: Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" set the tone, Michael Buffer's "Let's get ready to rrrrrumble!" got it going, Jared Hughes announced, "Play Bunt!" -- then he awarded the Gold Belt to Brad Lincoln, after he'd lived up to his No. 1 seed by beating Rudy Owens for the title. Thursday's workout, the final at Pirate City, was abridged to allow players and staff to participate in the annual Pirates Charities Golf Tournament, held at the Bradenton Country Club. The participants included team legends Steve Blass, Bill Mazeroski and Kent Tekulve.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.