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2017 Schedule
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22h

IF Kang still without work visa, Pirates say

Jung Ho Kang may not be part of the Pirates' Opening Day roster, as visa issues related to a DUI arrest in December have kept the infielder in South Korea.

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1dJoe Peta

Predicting Pirates' 2017 record

An influx of young arms provides optimism for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2017. Does Joe Peta think the team has done enough to get back into the postseason conversation?

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Jim Bowden

Jim Leyland can add to legacy

The former Pirates, Marlins and Tigers manager is a borderline Hall of Famer, and this year's World Baseball Classic might push him over the top.

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McCutchen thrilled to make history with USA (1:24)
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4dDavid Schoenfield

2017 breakout pitchers: Ivan Nova

Thanks to Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage, Nova had a more polished delivery after being traded from the Yankees last season. If Nova continues to pound the zone like he did last year, expect the improvements to stick.

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4dDavid Schoenfield

2017 breakout pitchers: Jameson Taillon

He may not have pitched in 2014 or 2015, but the Pirates' Jameson Taillon put together a great 2016 campaign with a 3.34 ERA in 18 starts. His command, according to Schoenfield, is what sticks out. In over 104 innings, Taillon had just 14 walks.

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BBTN: Rapid-Fire With Gerrit Cole

Jessica Mendoza sits down with Pirates P Gerrit Cole for a rapid-fire interview about his expectations for the season, the challenges of 2016 and much more.

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BBTN: WBC's Popularity, Alvarez, Cole, Radom's Quiz

Before a conversation with Orioles OF Pedro Alvarez and Jessica Mendoza's rapid-fire discussion with Pirates P Gerrit Cole, Buster Olney and Jerry Crasnick discuss the WBC's popularity, Boston's issues with pitching depth and more. Plus, Todd Radom unveils No. 28 in his #BBTN30Logos countdown.

Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer 

Team USA lineup vs. Puerto Rico tonight.

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Huntington: I Have A Lot Of Admiration For McCutchen

Buster Olney talks to Pirates GM Neal Huntington about Gerrit Cole's health and confidence, Jung Ho Kang's status, the conversations he's had with Andrew McCutchen and more.

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BBTN: WBC Risks, More Injuries, Pirates' Huntington

Buster Olney chats with Pirates GM Neal Huntington about his conversations with Andrew McCutchen and more. Before that, Buster and Jerry Crasnick discuss the WBC and some injury concerns it has created. Plus, Todd Radom unveils his 29th rated logo in the #BBTN30Logos countdown.

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Pirates' Kang delayed in South Korea by visa

While he is delayed in South Korea by visa issues related to a recent DUI arrest, Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang was placed on the restricted list by the Pirates.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

On the topic of endgame options, Alen Hanson is a good one for NL-only leagues. He was $1 in LABR-NL, is out of options and could provide cheap speed in a backup role.

ESPN Stats and Information  

While Andrew McCutchen's power has remained relatively steady for the past half-decade, the 30-year-old's batting average and aggressiveness on the base paths have dwindled in recent years.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Chris Colabello y Francisco Cervelli representando a Italia.

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16dMark Saxon

MLB formalizes Cards-Pirates game at LLWS

Dubbed the "MLB Little League Classic," the Cardinals and Pirates will square off in Williamsport, Pennsylvania -- home of the Little League World Series -- on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.

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Baseball giving hope to Dominican Republic (6:01)
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16d

BBTN: Concern Over Greinke's Velocity, Twins' Buxton

A chat with Twins CF Byron Buxton follows Buster Olney's discussion with Jayson Stark about Zack Greinke's diminished velocity, Gerrit Cole's dominant spring and more. Plus, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer on how the Indians have looked thus far.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Two innings after Jorge Polanco doubles vs. Gerrit Cole, Starling Marte singles vs. Tyler Glasnow. Let the intra-Pirates trash talking begin

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs72913th
Batting Average.25712th
On Base Percentage.3324th
Slugging Percentage.40223rd
Earned Run Average4.2118th
Quality Starts68Tied-21st
WHIP1.4026th
BAA.26726th

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