Littlefield added two more brush strokes with the addition of first baseman Randall Simon and outfielder Raul Mondesi, but it still looks like a very ugly picture for the Pittsburgh Pirates."/>

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Prior to the start of spring training Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Dave Littlefield said "We're a painting that isn't finished." <br><br> Littlefield added two more brush strokes with the addition of first baseman Randall Simon and outfielder Raul Mondesi, but it still looks like a very ugly picture for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Manager Lloyd McClendon tried to put on a brave face as pitchers and catchers reported to camp in Bradenton FL. over the weekend. McClendon dismissed the notion that his team can't compete with the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. "I don't buy into that (stuff)," he said. "I don't care about other people's expectations. Nobody defines the...

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