Pirates Notebook: Watson Focusing on Consistency

TAMPA, Fla. — Left-hander Tony Watson spent the offseason focused on consistency. After making his Major League debut with the Pirates on June 8 against Arizona last season, Watson finished with a 3.95 ERA over 43 appearances (41.0 innings). But his ERA jumped up and down over his four months in Pittsburgh. Watson worked hard over the offseason in order to improve upon that. “Just consistency,” Watson said of his...

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Bedard Focuses on Pitching Inside In Loss to Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. — ¬†Left-hander Erik Bedard allowed four runs on five hits over 3.2 innings in his third Grapefruit League start this spring. He walked three and struck out three in the Pirates 10-3 loss to the New York Yankees in Tampa on Tuesday night. Bedard said he was shooting for 65-70 pitches for his outing, and finished with 68 on the night. 44 of them were strikes. “Middle of spring. Just try to get the pitch count up....

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Prospect Notebook: Mega Prospect Day

The Pirates had a camp day today, which ended with four intersquad games. Days like this are like mega prospect days. Everywhere you look there’s a Pirates pitcher throwing, and a Pirates hitter hitting. The Pirates had games on all four fields, which can make the coverage overwhelming. Fortunately we had four people at Pirate City today, as Kristy, Wilbur, and Kevin were also in attendance at various times throughout the day....

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A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1990

After climbing the hill in 1988, the Pirates slipped badly in 1989. The club fell below the .500 mark again and was never closer than 10 off the pace after the All-Star break. The Pirates re-tooled slightly heading into 1990. Bobby Bonilla was moved from third base into right field. Former first round pick Jeff King took over the hot corner. Ted Power was signed as a free agent to help out in the bullpen. The acquisition of Walt...

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Tim Alderson Returns to Long Toss, Sees Velocity Return

When the Pittsburgh Pirates were shopping Freddy Sanchez in 2009, the expectations were low on a return. The second baseman was making $6.1 M, which was a reasonable salary for his production. However, his $8 M option in 2010 was too high, essentially making him a two-month rental to any team that traded for him. Sanchez went down with an injury right before he was traded, missing three games against the San Francisco Giants, who...

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