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    Day Three in Bradenton

    Today was a camp day in Pirate City, with two inter-squad games taking place, and all of the action finishing up around 11:30 AM, as opposed to around 4:00 PM on previous days.  Despite the shortened day in camp, there was plenty of action going on. Chris Snyder was back in camp...

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    Plan B: Jeff Karstens and Brian Burres

    Karstens is the plan B for the Pirates' rotation. Yesterday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates had Jeff Karstens throwing four innings as the starter in a AAA game at Pirate City.  Today, Brian Burres took the mound at McKechnie, throwing five innings.  Manager Clint Hurdle said this afternoon that the Pirates are trying...

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    Homers for Alvarez and McCutchen In Pirates’ Loss

    Astros  10,  Pirates  6
    The Astros and the Pirates had a hit-fest this afternoon in Bradenton, combining for 30 hits (14 for the Pirates).  But even with a solo homer by 3B Pedro Alvarez and a 2-run blast by CF Andrew McCutchen, it wasn't enough for the Pirates to take...

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    Altoona Curve Ring Ceremony

    The 2010 Altoona Curve got their rings today. The 2010 Altoona Curve were presented with their 2010 Eastern League championship rings today, prior to the game at McKechnie Field.  I was on-hand to get pictures of all of the players receiving their rings, and have uploaded the photos to an album on...

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Cain, Black, And More

    Continuing to look at some of the pitchers in the Pirates' minor league organization:

    Colton Cain  --  L/L,  6' 3", 225 lb
    Cain was the Pirates' 8th round draft pick in 2009.  He began his pro career in 2010, after having had back surgery in the previous winter.  Cain...

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    Luis Heredia Video From Today at Pirate City

    Heredia throwing today at Pirate City Today was a camp day at Pirate City.  The Pirates did a workout in the morning, then played two inter-squad games.  Top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia pitched in one of the games.  I noticed he was pitching during his first batter, and was able to...

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    Sports Central With Cory Giger Today at 5:35 PM

    I will be on Sports Central with Cory Giger today at 5:35 PM, talking about the Pittsburgh Pirates prospects, and more specifically the Altoona Curve.  You can listen in Altoona on ESPN 1430, or in State College on ESPN 1450.  For those of you who aren't in the State College or Altoona...

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    Indians Shut Out, Nieve Released

    Iron Pigs  3,  Indians  0
    The Indians' pitching staff threw 7 solid shut-out innings, but the Iron Pigs rallied for 3 runs in the 8th to take the win.  An RBI double, an Indians' error, and a sacrifice fly brought in Lehigh Valley's runs.  Starter Jeff Karstens pitched...

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