Pirates Notebook: Hanrahan Using Slider More this Spring

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan is looking to incorporate his slider more for the 2012 season. And so far, his results have been impressive this spring. Over three appearances, Hanrahan has tossed three scoreless, hitless frames with one walk and six strikeouts. The Pirates’ closer relied on his slider a lot during the 2010 season to get guys out, but last year he didn’t use it as much. His fastball,...

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Prospect Notebook: Homer, Double, and an Error for Dickerson

Alex Dickerson had a big day at the plate in today’s A-ball game, collecting two hits, including a home run and a double. The first baseman homered in his first at-bat when the Toronto pitcher left a fastball out over the plate. Dickerson saw the exact same pitch to start the at-bat, and decided to act the second time around. “I was thinking he would come back with another one,” Dickerson said about the pitch....

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Pirates 2011 International Spending Review

Baseball America has released the 2011 international spending information, noting the top overall spenders, and the top 30 individual bonuses. The Pirates finished sixth overall in 2011, spending $4.09 M. They were fourth overall in 2010 after the signing of Luis Heredia drove them to $5 M. Two of the top 30 bonuses were signed by Pittsburgh. Harold Ramirez signed for $1.05 M, ranking as the 15th biggest individual bonus in 2011....

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Pirates Break Out the Lumber in Win over Twins

FORT MYERS, FLA. — You could say it was over quickly after it began. The Minnesota Twins right-hander Terry Doyle lasted just 2/3 of an inning in the Pirates 17-6 win at Hammond Stadium on Thursday. The Bucs hammered out 10 runs on 10 hits with two walks a hit batter and an error in the 35 minute top of the first inning. “We just brought out the lumber today,” All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen said....

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Erik Bedard Makes Start at Pirate City

In an effort to get a better look at left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes, and still get innings for Erik Bedard, the Pittsburgh Pirates had Bedard make a start at Pirate City this afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays’ A-ball team. “We want to see [Reyes] pitch against the stiffer competition. [Bedard]’s going to make the club,” Clint Hurdle said about why Bedard was pitching at Pirate City today. Bedard threw three innings this afternoon...

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