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BRADENTON, Fla. Marshall Faulk Jersey . - 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. Cheap Rams Jerseys Authentic .  Nikolaos Kounenakis has been hired as an assistant coach, the team announced on Monday. Eric Dickerson Jersey .com) - The New York Islanders will try to solve their issues against Central Division opponents when they visit the Minnesota Wild for Tuesdays battle at Xcel Energy Center. . Maria Silvia Bastos Marques, president of the EOM (Municipal Olympic Company), will be leaving her post but will remain as an advisor, a city hall statement said Tuesday.Hee Young Park and Ha Na Jang battled through testing early conditions to set the pace at the halfway stage of the LPGA Taiwan Championship. The Korean duo survived the worst of the weather as gusting winds and rain battered the Miramar Golf and Country Club course at the start of day two in Taipei.The pair, who were tied for fifth overnight, two shots off the lead, carded second successive three-under-par 69s to move one clear of a four-strong chasing pack which included compatriot So Yeon Ryo (68).Canadas Brooke Henderson added a one-under 71 to her opening-day 68 to join the Koreans alongside Lee Anne Pace (70) of South Africa and Chinas Shanshan Feng (69). Ha Na Jang of Korea says patience was key in testing conditions Eun Hee Ji of Korea signeed for a second successive 70 to lie a further stroke back on 140, one ahead of Scotlands Catriona Matthew and joint-overnight leader Beatriz Recari (72) of Spain. Torry Holt Jersey. .Speaking to the LPGAs official website, Jang said: This week just being patient is very important, because the weather is so bad and the golf conditions so bad. Thats why Im just hitting the fairway, the green. Its very important this week.Park added: Today was always difficult with wind and it makes you think about every single shot. You have to be very careful out there and that makes you more tired.I improved my putting today which gave me confidence and allowed me to be a bit more aggressive.Defending champion Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who won by nine strokes last year, is tied for 18th, five shots behind the second-round pacesetters. 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