Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Steps Up in Spot Start, McLouth Needs to Produce

Since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on April 18, Brad Lincoln was used in relief with the Pittsburgh Pirates. And in that role, the right-hander was very good. He entered game action with just an 0.63 ERA over 14.1 innings, which is third-best in the National League among relievers. “Whatever’s in play now -– it’s the best we’ve seen him. The most consistent we’ve ever seen him. The sharpest stuff we’ve ever seen...

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Prospect Watch: Three Hit Night For Hanson, Good Start For Kingham

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 (2-1, 3.18) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-2, 1.47) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF (.261) - 0-for-3, K 4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL 5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training...

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Marte Returns, Wilson Injured in Indians’ 1-0 Win

Indianapolis Indians 1,  Norfolk Tides  0 (Box)   Yesterday the Tides shut out the Indians, while spoiling a strong start by Tribe starter Rudy Owens, who allowed Norfolk only 5 hits.  This afternoon at Victory Field, the Indians turned the tables, shutting out the Tides, and spoiling starter Steve Johnson’s 3-hit complete game.  In addition, Starling Marte was back in the Indians’ lineup after missing a week with a...

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Weekly Prospects Chat Transcript 5/14

Below is the transcript for this week’s prospects chat.

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Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Marlins’ 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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