OF McLouth proud to be back with Pirates

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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- After feeling lost the past two seasons, outfielder Nate McLouth is happy to be home again.

With the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A National League All-Star in 2008 with the Pirates, McLouth struggled after being traded to the Atlanta Braves. Over the past two years, he played in only 166 games and batted .210 with 40 RBIs.

McLouth was quick to contact the Pirates last winter, when they were searching for a fourth outfielder. He signed a one-year, $1.75 million deal during the winter meetings.

"It really feels like I'm home," McLouth said Saturday after a spring training workout at McKechnie Field. "As tough as it was to leave, it's just as good to be back. I feel comfortable here and I do feel like I have to redeem myself. What better place to do it?"