Altoona Can’t Overcome Early Deficit

Facing another Bowie lineup stacked with major league players, Altoona fell behind early on Sunday afternoon and couldn’t recover, losing 4-2.  The Curve got a run in the 1st on doubles by Robbie Grossman and Tony Sanchez.  Matt McSwain, making a spot start necessitated by a recent doubleheader, got hit hard in the first two innings, allowing four runs.  He pitched one-hit, shutout ball over the remainder of his seven innings,...

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Pirates Notebook: Bats Break Out for Season-High 10 Runs

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has struggled to score runs this season. But on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park, the bats came out swinging against the Chicago Cubs. The club pounded out 10 runs — the most they’ve scored in a game during the 2012 season. It passed their previous mark of nine on April 30 against the Braves in Atlanta. Most of the damage came in the sixth frame when the Bucs plated six...

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Prospect Notebook: Hanson Over-Shadowing Polanco, Kingham Rebounding

Earlier this week, Keith Law mentioned that he would have Alen Hanson as a top five prospect in the system. Law has been one of the few who gives Hanson a strong chance at sticking at shortstop, which explains the ratings. A shortstop prospect with Hanson’s hitting skills and speed would not only be one of the top prospects in the system, but one of the top prospects in baseball. Last month I did a prospect roundtable on Hanson,...

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Tabata Exits Game Early With Leg Cramp

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Outfielder Jose Tabata was removed from the Pirates game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on Sunday in the top of the sixth inning due to tightness and cramping in his left leg. The left fielder was examined by trainers after running from first to third base on an error by the Cubs pitcher Matt Garza in the first inning. Tabata, however, remained in the game. Tabata was replaced by rookie Gorkys Hernandez...

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Jared Hughes Thriving in Reliever Role

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Jared Hughes started the 2011 season in the Altoona rotation, making 11 starts before being turned into a reliever. He has since thrived in the reliever role. Hughes went on to make 35 relief appearances with Triple-A Indianapolis where he posted a 2.11 ERA, before getting a September callup with Pittsburgh. He made his Major League debut on September 7, where he tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Hughes...

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