Brian Tallet Looking to Make His Way Back to the Majors

Last week about half of the players in minor league camp reported to Pirate City. The day of their first workout, all of the players gathered on the field, getting ready for stretches and warm ups. Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington was on the field, overseeing the young players take the field. One of those players, noticeably older, ran over to Huntington and thanked the GM for giving him an opportunity. Brian Tallet...

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McDonald Gets Butterflies in First Spring Outing

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Butterflies. Nerves. Anticipation. That’s how right-hander James McDonald felt when he took the mound for his first Spring Training game on Saturday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. After going through two weeks of Spring Training workouts, conditioning, and bullpens, McDonald was anxious for his first start this morning. “It’s good to feel those nerves again, just to feel that anticipation....

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Leroux Using Offseason Success to Fuel Him for 2012

DUNEDIN — Right-hander Chris Leroux had a very successful offseason pitching for the Toros del Este in the Dominican League. Having altered his arm slot and adding a new pitch during the 2011 season, Leroux saw even better results pitching for the Toros. Leroux, who will try to break camp with the Pirates this spring, went down to the Dominican to focus on throwing inside and using his changeup. “I did that, and it went...

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Pirates Sign 25-players for 2012 season

DUNEDIN — The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with 25 pre-arbitration players for one-year contracts for the 2012 season. Highlighted of those players are All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen and second baseman Neil Walker. The 25 players they have agreed to terms with include: Infielders: Chase d’Arnaud, Matt Hague, Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer, Yamaico Navarro, Gustavo Nunez, Neil Walker Outfielders: Gorkys...

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