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BRADENTON, Fla. Cheap Patriots Jerseys . - Coming off their first playoff appearance in 21 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates were eager to start spring training. Several players have been training regularly at the Pirate City complex since early January. When 36 pitchers and catchers held their first official workout on Thursday, a half-dozen position players were there, too. The Pirates won 94 games last season and advanced to the NL division series, their first post-season berth since 1992. They were eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the decisive Game 5. "Were still hungry," catcher Russell Martin said. "We did some special things last year, but everybody was disappointed with how it finished. I dont know what all the experts are saying, but I consider myself an expert and I think were going to do better than we did last year." They will have to do it without veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett, who has agreed to a one-year, $16 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Burnett made 61 starts and won 26 games over the past two seasons with the Pirates. After hearing that Burnett chose not to return to Pittsburgh, Martin sent a text message to his former teammate. "I wished him well," Martin said. "I hope he stays healthy and has a good season ... and, hopefully, well meet him in the playoffs and beat him." Many players admitted they were surprised and disappointed about Burnetts departure. Others preferred to look ahead. "Weve got to move on," reliever Mark Melancon said. "You cant live in the past. This is a new year and anything can happen." Even without Burnett, the Pirates have the makings of a solid starting rotation. Left-hander Francisco Liriano, who went 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA, is the likely opening day starter. Gerrit Cole (10-7, 3.22) and Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.26) also return. Wandy Rodriguez missed most of last season due to a sore left forearm. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday and is expected to be ready for the start of the season. "Physically, hes coming along very well," general manager Neal Huntington said. "Were going to take it slow with him this spring, so hes kind of on a different program than the other guys. But, hes healthy and feels good." New arrival Edinson Volquez, who signed a $5 million deal in December, and Jeff Locke could battle for the No. 5 job. The 26-year-old Locke won eight straight starts in the first half of the season and made the NL All-Star team. However, he went 2-5 with a 6.12 ERA over his final 12 starts and was shut down in September. "Making the playoffs last year meant a lot to us," Locke said. "The fans in Pittsburgh and the rest of the baseball world hadnt seen it in a while, but I know the 25 guys in our clubhouse knew it was something we could do. Were not under anybodys radar anymore, but I think the 25 guys this year will be up to the challenge." NOTES: The Pirates signed LHP Yao-Hsun Yang to a minor league contract, which includes an invitation to spring training. Yang, 31, made nine outings last year in the minor leagues in Japan. Fake Patriots Jerseys . Charlottetown scored four times in the third period en route to a 5-2 win over the defending champion Halifax Mooseheads on Friday. Wholesale Patriots Jerseys . The young man, never lacking confidence, thought he could be really good. https://www.patriotsjerseysale.com/ . But history aside, theyre still happy to participate in the Par 3 contest, traditionally held on the day prior to the first round of the Masters.As coach of the Predators from their inception, Barry Trotz knew all about the Nashville area.He had to make adjustments when he moved to Washington. Early in his tenure with the Capitals, just getting to Dulles Airport from Verizon Center was an adventure.I actually followed one of our players and I didnt realize that he had his wife with him and he was dropping her off at his house before he was going to the airport, Trotz recalled.One detour on the roads and a few roadblocks on the ice notwithstanding, Trotzs transition is just about complete. With the Predators and Capitals each in playoff position halfway through the season, Trotz returns to Bridgestone Arena on Friday for the first time as a visiting coach.Its his chance to stand behind the visiting bench and get a different perspective on how everything has changed.When I first got here, Id fumble and say Nashville instead of Washington in a few of my interviews and stuff, and I think Im past that, Trotz said on a conference call this week. But itll be good to get home and get a little bit of closure. Its a bit of a full circle for me.Nashville is home because Trotz spent 17 years there and his grown-up children still live and work in the area. But the Winnipeg native never could have imagined that, or the impact hed have on the Predators, when general manager David Poile hired him with just minor-league experience to coach an NHL expansion team.Trotz was coach of the Predators not long after the city was awarded a franchise.When I look back at it now, I think, That was crazy, you know? Trotz said. When I went there, I was just trying to survive that first year. I never thought in a million years that I would be there that long. I just wanted to coach for a year, and I found a home in Nashville, Tennessee.Trotz also found success, as the Predators were never a last-place team before making the playoffs in their sixth season. That began a string of seven post-season appearances in eight years.Looking back, Trotz is most proud of giving hockey a stable foothold in Music City. He considers the actual wins and losses really minor in the context of history.I can go to maybe a hockey game with my grandkids maybe 10 years from now in Nashville in a nontraditional market and (know) we had good success, he said. The great game of hockeys going to be in Nashville for hopefully another hundred years. I look at myself as part of a building process.Trotz built, but in a league where wins and losses matter two straight years out of the playoffs led to his firing last spring. He had been the longest-tenured coach with one team in the league.To me, it was time, and Im glad David made the move, Trotz said. Not necessarily because youre leaving your family and all that, but it was time. It was ttime for a new face in Nashville and something of a new challenge for myself, as well. New England Patriots Shirts. Peter Laviolette became the new face in Nashville, and with goaltender Pekka Rinne back after missing much of last year with a hip injury and infection, the Predators are atop the league as one of the biggest surprises around. Rinne will miss the next three to five weeks with a knee injury, pushing Carter Hutton to the forefront for Fridays game.Earlier this season, Predators players said a fresh voice helped, even though they loved Trotz as their coach.Of course Trotz knew that. Hes proud that some of what he put in place in Nashville is still there, including the system that has helped produce 29 victories in 42 games.Everybody thought that I might be a little jealous, but I must have matured, Trotz said. Im not jealous at all. Im actually cheering for them.It doesnt hurt that the Capitals have gotten through some of the growing pains of a new coach and are one of the hottest teams in the NHL. They go into Trotzs return with at least a point in 18 of their past 19 games (14-1-4).Its a fresh start for me, Trotz said. Its good for me, Im re-vigorated, if you will.Adjusting to life in the Washington suburb of Arlington was more difficult for Trotzs teenage son Nolan, who was born with Down syndrome. Nolan had what his father called a great situation at school in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood, and it helped to have his siblings around to pay visits.Trotz said his son was lonely when the family first moved.We didnt have a lot of friends here, and being special needs it was quite a little bit difficult, Trotz said. We found it was probably heart-wrenching for mom and dad because wed find him up in his room and looking through his yearbook and circling his friends and stuff. You could tell theres a sadness in his heart.A few months into this new, East Coast life, Trotz said Nolan is doing better. Naturally, hockey is playing a role in that.We got him some hockey equipment, told him hes Iron Man, he loves the super heroes, so we put a pair of skates on him and we got him skating, Trotz said. Hes now starting to be part of a special-needs hockey program that they have here. They have four teams in the area and they travel and they do a bunch of stuff.Back at the office, Trotz has the Capitals on the right track and can see the Predators are back on it, too. Barring something extraordinary, he wont spend the next 16-plus years of his life in Washington, but thats OK.Trotz has accepted his move from the best job in the world to the next job.Ive actually embraced it, its been fun, Trotz said. Ive got some great people that work for us, and a team that I think is embracing what were trying to do here.---Follow @SWhyno on Twitter ' ' '

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