Pirates News - Spring Training Notebook: Pirates start spring training games Saturday, Keller extension announced

Baseball is officially back as the Pittsburgh Pirates will play their first spring training game on Saturday while Mitch Keller's extension was officially announced.

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After the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers kicked off spring training games on Thursday, nine other teams began their spring training slates on Friday with the rest of the league beginning on Saturday. All 30 Major League clubs will be playing on Saturday.

Friday was a slow news day across the league as everyone still awaits the signing of key free agents such as outfielder Cody Bellinger, third baseman Matt Chapman, and starting pitchers Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery.

In terms of interesting news, former Major League outfielder Carlos Gomez, who most notably spent a large portion of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates is training for the Dominican Republic National championship in cycling according to Brewers writer Todd Rosiak. Gomez hopes to one day qualify for the Olympics in cycling.

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