• Game Recaps
    Pirates Bullpen Shows Resiliency in 4-2 Win

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After seeing their starting pitcher lefty Erik Bedard exit the game in the top of the second inning due to an injury, the bullpen knew they would have a tough task not only facing the Washington Nationals staff, but to provide eight innings of relief. But they stepped up...

  • Prospect Watch
    Prospect Watch: Wilson Throws Six Shutout Innings, Gorkys Homers Again

    TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (1-1, 3.54) – DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (1-2, 1.76) – DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF...

  • Prospect Reports
    Wilson and Hernandez Power Indians To 5th Consecutive Win

    Indianapolis Indians  5,  Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs  0 (Box)   The Indianapolis Indians shut out the Iron Pigs this afternoon at Victory field, for their 5th straight win.  That insures the Tribe at least an even split of this 10-game home stand, but it doesn’t appear that they are thinking of slowing...

  • Injury Updates
    Bedard Removed from Outing With Injury

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Left-hander Erik Bedard was removed from the Pirates game against the Washington Nationals at PNC Park in the top of the second inning due to back spasms. The lefty needed just five pitches to retire the side in the first inning. The injury occurred after throwing a 1-2 pitch to former...

  • Pirates History
    Where Do We Start? 1882 or 1887?

    People tend to want to disassociate the first five years of the Pirates franchise from the next 126 and counting. Most people count the start of the Pirates franchise from it’s first game in the National League on April 30,1887. I don’t do that, I count it from the first game they...

  • Analysis
    Pregame: Hurdle’s Dad said Josh Hamilton Reminds him of Mickey Mantle

    Slugging outfielder Josh Hamilton has been on fire to start the 2012 season with the Texas Rangers. On Tuesday night, Hamilton did what not many have accomplished before. He went 5-for-5 with four home runs and eight RBI against the Baltimore Orioles. “I just sent him a text today and asked him,...

  • 2012 Draft
    Keith Law Releases Top 100 Draft Prospects

    Keith Law has released his top 100 draft prospects for ESPN Insider subscribers. The rankings show several changes from his previous list, which was a top 50 that was released about a month ago. Law still has Byron Buxton ranked first overall, which is where Buxton has appeared in the previous two...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Need to Get the Bottom of the Lineup Going

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — When signing veterans Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas over the offseason, the Pirates expected more from them than the numbers they’ve put up so far this season. Barmes and Barajas also expected more out of themselves. The Pirates need to get the bottom of the lineup going. Entering game...

  • International News
    Potential Loopholes to the International Signing Period

    Baseball America discusses how teams may potentially circumvent the international spending cap starting this July 2nd.

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Learning New Role in Bullpen

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander Brad Lincoln made two starts with Triple-A Indianapolis, where he posted a 2.25 ERA with no walks and nine strikeouts over 12.0 innings, before getting recalled to Pittsburgh. Lincoln returned to the bigs on April 18 after the club placed righty Jeff Karstens (right shoulder inflammation) on the...

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