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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Francisco Liriano
Russell Martin homered for the third time this spring and drove in four runs to lead Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.
Dr. Frank Jobe, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon who was the first to perform an elbow procedure that became known as Tommy John surgery and saved the careers of countless major league pitchers, died Thursday. He was 88.
Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin hit two-run homers off Brandon Workman, who started in place of injured Jake Peavy, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox 7-6 Monday.
Although the Pittsburgh Pirates were not major players in the free-agent and trade markets this winter, owner Bob Nutting is optimistic the team can build on last year's success.
Andrew McCutchen was almost as busy this winter as he was last season, when he helped the Pittsburgh Pirates reach the National League playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are not the only team that's proud of its pitching.
After a stunning run to the playoffs in 2013, Pittsburgh hopes to make it back to October behind a talented, young corps of rising stars.
Pedro Alvarez hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in best-of-five NL division series.
Gerrit Cole gave up two hits in six dominant innings and had an RBI in his postseason debut, Pedro Alvarez homered for the second straight day and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 Friday to even their NL division series at a game apiece.
The Pittsburgh Pirates went 21 years between playoff games. The wait will be significantly shorter this time around. Russell Martin homered twice, Francisco Liriano was dominant for seven innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates roared past Cincinnati for a 6-2 victory in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night.
Drew Storen was about 15 years old when he got a chance to talk to Dr. Timothy Kremchek. The Cincinnati Reds' medical director talked to the young right-hander about pitching — and about how it is simply not something the body is really built to do.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have completed a one-year contract with Francisco Liriano that was delayed after the left-hander injured his non-pitching arm over the holidays.
The Boston Red Sox are pursuing another burly right-hander to shore up their bullpen.
The fallout from a 99-loss season for the Minnesota Twins has started with the firing of general manager Bill Smith.
"I'm right where I want to be right now," said Liriano, who gave up a leadoff triple to Logan Forsythe and a sacrifice fly to James Loney in the first. "I'm just going to keep working and get ready for opening day."
"I felt a lot better about my fastball command today," said Liriano, who's made two starts. "The sinker was a lot better."