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Rain doesn’t stop Pirates’ first spring workout


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Pirate City under the clouds in Bradenton, Fla. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The pitchers and catchers were limited to primarily staying indoors on a rainy morning at Pirate City. However, that did not dampen Clint Hurdle’s enthusiasm.

The first official day of spring training is always a case for optimism following a long winter. The Pirates’ manager was in a particularly sunny mood despite the overcast conditions.

Rain fell until mid-morning, forcing the pitchers scheduled for bullpen sessions to throw in the indoor batting cages. Only a few pitchers ventured outdoors in the damp and cool weather to play catch toward the end of the workout when the rain stopped.

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