• Charlie Morton (recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery) threw 28 pitches in a two-inning simulated game Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla., on top of 40 warmup pitches.
The report manager Clint Hurdle received on Morton was that "everything went very smooth. He's working on repeating his delivery, but everything else is in good shape. It was a good outing for him."
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• Pedro Alvarez's 18 day-game homers last season were the most for the Pirates since Willie Stargell hit 19 under the sun in the World Series season of 1971.
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