Lack of Offense Spoils McDonald’s Impressive Outing

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates entered game action hitting for just a .225 average, ranking 15th in the National League. The lack of offense resulted in several missed opportunities on Friday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Bucs had a runner on third with no outs twice but failed to drive him in as the Pirates lost game one to the Houston Astros, 1-0. Offense woes have been the story for the club all season. While their...

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Pirates Acquire Jeff Larish

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired first base/third baseman Jeff Larish for cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox. Larish will be assigned to Indianapolis. Larish, 29, has a career .224/.308/.380 line in 245 at-bats in the majors, with eight homers. He was rumored to be involved in a potential Jack Wilson trade with Detroit a few years ago (not the Jair Jurrjens rumor, but the following year), prior to the talks breaking down....

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Prospect Watch: Gift Hits His Fourth Homer

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 (2-2, 1.47) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF (.268) - DNP 4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL 5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training 6. Robbie...

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Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Astros’ Probable Starting Pitchers

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each series, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitchers expected to oppose the Pirates. The charts below show the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2011. These charts are from the catcher’s point of view. For a general guide to pitch types for a right-handed pitcher, please check out this image created by Sons of Sam...

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Pirates Notebook: Presley Working to Regain Last Seasons Swing

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After starting the season off hot — hitting for a .303/.321/.395 line in 76 at-bats over his first 19 games of the season, Alex Presley has since fizzled off. The left fielder spent the majority of the season batting leadoff, but was bumped to the two spot in place of Jose Tabata, who took off at the plate. “We’ve revisited a lot of the at-bats that we had last year when he first joined the club,...

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