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Hurdle satisfied at spring’s halfway stage


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Clint Hurdle in Bradenton last week. - AP

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The calendar says the Pirates are midway through spring training, though Clint Hurdle sees it from a different perspective.

Pitchers and catchers reported to spring training three weeks ago today on Feb. 11. Camp ends March 24 when the Pirates play the Orioles in the Grapefruit League finale in Sarasota, Fla., before flying to Houston for two exhibition games against the Astros. Then the Pirates open the regular season March 28 against the Reds at Cincinnati.

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