Three Pirates in the Australian Baseball League

Three Pirates prospects will be playing for the Adelaide Bite in the Australian Baseball League, which begins on November 3rd.  The three prospects are right handed pitcher Ryan Beckman, left handed pitcher Rinku Singh, and first baseman Calvin Anderson. Beckman spent most of the 2011 season as the closer for the Bradenton Marauders, posting a 3.12 ERA in 52 innings, along with a 46:18 K/BB ratio and 11 saves.  The 21 year old had a...

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AFL Recap 10/20: Grossman Homers, Cole Pitches

A lot of action in the Arizona Fall League today for the Pittsburgh Pirates prospects.  Three Pirates pitching prospects saw action, including starter Gerrit Cole, and Robbie Grossman had another big day at the plate, with his fifth homer of the AFL season. Grossman’s homer came to lead off the game, and was part of a 2-for-4 performance, which also featured three RBIs and a stolen base.  On the season, Grossman is hitting for a...

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Team USA Rolls Over Dominicans; Mercer Hit Twice

Team USA began their experience in the Pan Am games with a definitive 20-2 win over the Dominican Republic this afternoon.  The US got onto the scoreboard with a solo homer by lead-off batter CF Jordan Danks (White Sox) in the top of the 1st, and another run quickly followed.  Team USA made it 4-0 with 2 runs in the 4th, then 8-0 with 4 runs in the 5th.  C Tuffy Gosewisch (Phillies) added a 2-run homer in the top of the 7th.  The...

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2012 Pirates Spring Training Schedule Announced

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced their 2012 Spring Training schedule and ticket pricing for games at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida, the southern home of the Pirates since 1969. The 29-game Florida schedule consists of 15 home games and will also feature an intrasquad “Black and Gold” game on Friday, March 2. The Pirates are scheduled to open their 2012 Grapefruit League season against the Toronto Blue Jays on...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 20

Born on this date in 1864 was one of the original Pittsburgh Pirates back before they were known as the Pirates, Jocko Fields. He was a member of the 1887 team named the Alleghneys, the first year Pittsburgh fielded a team in the National League. Fields is one of 46 major leaguers who were born in Ireland and three of them played for the 1888 Alleghenys, Fields, William Farmer and Sam Nicholl. Jocko began his pro career in 1885 and...

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