• Pirate club president Frank Coonelly and numerous players -- including Tony Watson, Taillon, Duke Welker and Adam Wilk -- participated Saturday afternoon in a Miracle League Fantasy Camp for special-needs children at Manasota Field, co-presented by the Pirates and their Sarasota Spring Training neighbors, the Orioles. Pirates Charities sponsored the event in partnership with Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids, a non-profit organization providing children with special needs the opportunity to learn baseball fundamentals from professional coaches and players.
• Right-hander Bryan Morris, who looks slimmed down above the waist, said he has actually gained about 10 pounds -- but it is in his upper legs, which he feels will help him bear up better to the grind of the long season. Morris was exceptional through the All-Star break, holding batters to a .193 average, but they got to him at a .310 clip in the season's second half.
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