• Prospect Reports
    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...

  • Pirates Notebook
    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...

  • Prospect Notebook
    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...

  • Injury Updates
    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...

  • Analysis
    Bedard Hasn’t Been as Sharp Since Back Spasms, But is Healthy

    Since left-hander Erik Bedard exited his outing on the 9th of May with back spasms, he hasn't been as sharp. Over his last two starts, Bedard has allowed four runs in each of those outings. Prior to the injury, Bedard hadn't allowed more than two earned runs over his previous six starts....

  • Analysis
    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...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: May 27

    Three former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date. We also recap a game from the 1979 season as well as a doubleheader from 1974 in John Fredland’s Jolly Roger Rewind The Players Jacob Brumfield (1965) Center fielder for the 1995-96 Pirates. He was originally signed by the Cubs as a seventh...

  • 2012 Draft
    Baseball America Releases Second Mock Draft

    Baseball America released their second mock draft, and for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the result was similar to the first one. The Pirates were projected to take Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero with the eighth pick, the same as the last mock draft by BA. The first seven players, in order, were Mark...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: Roster Decisions on the Horizon

    The Pittsburgh Pirates will have some interesting roster decisions to make next week. Two minor league players have out-clauses, allowing them to escape from their contracts on June 1st if they're not added to the major league roster. Those players are Doug Slaten and Jose Morales. Slaten, a left-handed reliever, has been...

  • Prospect Reports
    Bats Beat Indians With Five Run 5th Inning

    Louisville Bats  5,  Indianapolis Indians  4 (Box)   A hit batter, a wild pitch, and two Indians’ errors handed the Bats five runs, two of which were unearned, in the 5th inning.  That was enough to give the Bats a win over the Indians and halt the Tribe’s 5-game hitting streak.  Pirates’...

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