• Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Bedard Looking Forward to Opening Day Start

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON, Fla. -- Lefty Erik Bedard has come a long way from the last time he got an Opening Day start -- back in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. During '08, Bedard was placed on the disabled list twice, once for inflammation in his left hip, the other...

  • Prospect Notebook
    Prospect Notebook: Morris Working On Cutter, Owens Looks Crisp

    Bryan Morris threw two innings today at Pirate City, and flashed a new pitch in the process. Morris throws a mid-90s fastball, and also flashes a good curveball, but today while watching him it appeared that he was also throwing a slider. I spoke with Morris afterwards, who mentioned that the pitch...

  • Pirates History
    Pittsburgh Pirates Twenty Game Winners

    In the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise, 62 times they have had a pitcher win 20 games in a season. The list includes many multiple names, including Ray Kremer who was featured today. He won exactly 20 games in both 1926 and 1930. Since 1930, there have been just eight 20...

  • Game Recaps
    Morton Solid in Start, Plans to Be Ready for Season

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates (7-12)  lost 7-2 to the Detroit Tigers (14-3) at McKechnie Field on Friday afternoon. Right-hander Charlie Morton tossed four scoreless frames scattering two hits and struck out two in his fourth official Grapefruit League start of the spring. Morton threw 55 pitches over his four inning outing....

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: March 23

    Six former Pittsburgh Pirates players have been born on this date. If you missed the feature article on one of them from this morning, Pirates pitching great, Ray Kremer, that one can be viewed here. As for the other players born on this date, we start with the most recent one first:...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Alvarez Sidelined with Knee Discomfort

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Third baseman Pedro Alvarez was removed from Thursday's 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays with discomfort and inflammation in his left knee. Alvarez is currently day-to-day and will likely be out of game action through the weekend, the team says. "I think it was more or less running,"...

  • 2012 Draft
    Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 3/23-3/25

    Notes From the Past Week -Deven Marrero went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two strikeouts against UNLV. Heading in to the game Marrero had two strikeouts in 62 at-bats on the season. -Trey Williams went 2-for-2 with two walks on Wednesday. -Mike Zunino 2-for-4 with a double against Samford on Tuesday....

  • Analysis
    Notes From Pirate City: Major Leaguers in Camp

    The AAA and AA teams are at home today, taking on the Yankees. Like yesterday, the Pirates will be sending over guys from major league camp to pitch an inning of work. Jason Grilli and Tony Watson will both start games today, with the regular minor league guys taking over from there....

  • Analysis
    Pregame: Pirates vs. Tigers in Bradenton

    Good afternoon from McKechnie Field. The Pirates will face the Detroit Tigers at 1:05 today. Right-hander Charlie Morton will face righty Doug Fister. Following Morton in relief are: Joel Hanrahan, Daniel McCutchen, Chris Leroux, and Ryota Igarashi. Morton, 27, is making his third official Grapefruit League Start. He received the loss during...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Hague Looking to Hit His Way to Pittsburgh

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- All Matt Hague has done in his professional career is hit. Hit, hit, hit. And so far during the Grapefruit League this spring, Hague has continued to swing a hot bat. So much in fact that Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle has a nickname for him, 'the hit collector.' The...

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