• Prospect Reports
    Indians Swept By Iron Pigs — Four Straight Shutouts

    Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs  3,  Indianapolis Indians  0 (Box)   The Indians are going to be happy to see Allentown, PA in their rear-view mirrors, as they bus out of town tonight, heading for the 4-game series in Buffalo, NY.  Not only did the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs sweep this 4-game series...

  • Prospect Watch
    Prospect Watch: Indianapolis Shut Out Again

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  • Prospect Reports
    Cumpton Throws Seven Strong Innings, Cunningham Returns From DL in Altoona Win

    ALTOONA, Pa. — Right-hander Brandon Cumpton has been solid in his first year at the Double-A level. His last trip to the mound on Saturday in Erie, Cumpton allowed five earned runs for the first time since April 7, his first start of the season. In the six starts between, Cumpton hadn’t allowed...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Verlander No Hits Pirates Through Eight

    Right-hander Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Detroit. With one out, Josh Harrison took a 1-2 breaking ball for a single into center field to break up the no-no. Verlander went on to induce two groundouts for the complete game shutout. The only two...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Call Up Gorkys Hernandez

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up Gorkys Hernandez for the weekend series against the Detroit Tigers. A move was expected after the Pirates demoted Alex Presley earlier in the week, and promoted Evan Meek. That move gave the team eight relievers in the bullpen. With the designated hitter in use this weekend,...

  • Analysis
    Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Tigers’ 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...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: May 18

    Four former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date. Earlier in the day, we covered Pirates pitching great, Babe Adams, which can be read here. John Fredland takes us back to a game early in the career of Ralph Kiner in his Jolly Roger Rewind and then we go even further back,...

  • Pirates History
    Pirates Pitching Great, Babe Adams

    In the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise, only one player has won more games than Charles “Babe” Adams. Born on May 18,1882, he played eighteen seasons in a Pirates uniform before he retired, leaving the game with 194 career wins. Adams got his start in pro baseball in 1905, pitching in the...

  • Schedule
    Minor League Schedule: 5/18/12

    Rudy Owens looks to continue his strong season tonight in Lehigh Valley. After allowing four runs over five innings in his first start of the year, he has pitched at least six innings in each of his last six starts, with two or less runs allowed in every outing. A full recap...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: Should the Pirates Extend James McDonald?

    James McDonald has been pitching great this year.  After his start tonight, the right hander has a 2.68 ERA in 50.1 innings, with an 8.9 K/9, a 2.9 BB/9, and a 0.4 HR/9 ratio. His numbers aren't impacted much by luck, with a 3.22 xFIP. He's currently in his third year of...

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