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Sunny scenes from Pirates training camp in Florida

Post-Gazette photographer Matt Freed is at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla., as the Pittsburgh Pirates prepare for the upcoming season. Follow this page for daily updates from Matt as he covers spring training over the next several weeks.

Wednesday, March 6

Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang, left, talks with manager Clint Hurdle batting practice before taking on the Red Sox, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates pitcher Kyle Crick pitches against the Red Sox. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Finn Dempsey, 6, of Cape Coral, Fla., waits for autographs before the Pirates take on the Red Sox. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates outfielder Bralin Jackson pulls in a ball hit by Red Sox catcher Juan Centeno. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Tuesday, March 5

Pirates pitcher Chris Archer warms up before taking on the Orioles, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates first baseman Josh Bell hits a three-run home run against the Orioles. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates pitcher Steven Brault grabs a ball hit by Orioles left fielder Austin Hays. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Sunday, March 3

Pirates hitting coach Rick Eckstein watches his hitters during batting practice, Sunday, March 3, 2019, at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez talks to teammates during warmups at LECOM Park. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates right fielder Jose Osuna pulls in a fly ball hit by Rays Avisail Garcia. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Saturday, March 2

Pirates pitcher Chris Archer gets some early work in on the field, Saturday, March 2, 2019, at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Family members cheer as Yankees pitcher Danny Farquhar throws against the Pirates for the first time in a live game since he suffered a brain hemorrhage last April. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Friday, March 1

Pirates right fielder Patrick Kivlehan pulls in a fly ball against the Blue Jays, Friday, March 1, 2019, at Dunedin Stadium in Dunedin, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Joe Shanahan, 7, of Churchill takes in batting practice before the Pirates take on the Blue Jays. Shanahan’s parents surprised him on his birthday with a trip to spring training. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates coach Dave Jauss talks with catcher Francisco Cervelli during batting practice. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates pitcher Michael Feliz watches the action through the netting in the dugout. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Thursday, Feb. 28

Pirates left fielder Corey Dickerson reaches for a ball to sign for a fan during batting practice, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates left fielder Patrick Kivlehan can’t come up with a double hit by Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge in the first inning. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang is congratulated after hitting a home run against the Yankees. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Former Pirates catcher Manny Sanguillen acknowledges the crowd after delivering the lineup card next to manager Clint Hurdle before the team takes on the Blue Jays, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates pitcher Clay Holmes pitches against the Blue Jays. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez talks to teammates during warmups before taking on the Blue Jays. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings pulls in a fly ball hit by Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Tuesday, Feb. 26

Pirates second baseman Kevin Kramer can’t reach a ball hit by Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates designated hitting Jason Martin steals second base against Twins second baseman Ehire Adrianza. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates right fielder Bryan Reynolds hits a double against the Twins. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Monday, Feb. 25

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault does a headstand during warmups before his team takes on the Red Sox, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
A fan reaches for a ball thrown by Pirates third base coach Joey Cora as the team takes on the Red Sox. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Sunday, Feb. 24

Pirates coach Dave Jauss hits during batting practice before the team’s home opener against the Marlins, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang hits his first of two home runs of the day. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Fans take cover from a foul ball. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Saturday, Feb. 23

The Pirates warm up before taking on the Phillies, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman slides safely into home plate against the Phillies in the fourth inning. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Friday, Feb. 22

Pirates center fielder Starling Marte talks with former catcher Manny Sanguillen, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates first baseman Josh Bell competes the sliding drills. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates infielder Ke’Bryan Hayes laughs during workouts. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Country music singer Garth Brooks throws next to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Thursday, Feb. 21

Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang tosses during a pickoff drill, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Former Pirates Bill Mazeroski, Rennie Stennett and Manny Sanguillén take in workouts. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco talks with manager Clint Hurdle. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez takes a break during workouts, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates pitcher Chris Archer throws during workouts. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle gives a fist bump to Colby Sturman, 12, of Kenai, Alaska, during workouts. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Scenes from photo day. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Pirates fan Paxton Larson, 2, of Clarion gets a little shut-eye in the Florida sun as he waits for autographs on his father’s shoulders, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at Pirate City in Bradenton. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates players warm up before workouts. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates second baseman Kevin Kramer, left, talks with shortstop Cole Tucker during workouts. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Former Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski watches as Adam Frazier fields balls from special assistant David Eckstein. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli gets his photo taken with country music singer Garth Brooks. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Monday, Feb. 18

From left, Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl, catcher Francisco Cervelli, pitcher Chris Archer and infielder Cole Tucker warm up before workouts, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates center fielder Starling Marte walks with manager Clint Hurdle before workouts. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
From left, Pirates right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall, country singer Garth Brooks, first baseman Josh Bell and catcher Francisco Cervelli talk during a break in workouts. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez and pitching coach Ray Searage take a quick jog during workouts. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco, catcher Francisco Cervelli and first baseman Josh Bell talk during workouts. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
Pirates infielder Cole Tucker runs next to Mike Motycka as he and fellow teammates take part in a Miracle League Fantasy Camp for children with special needs at the Miracle League of Manasota Field in Bradenton. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)