Pirates Notebook: Alvarez will make a big difference

After a game like today, and a slump like the Pirates have been on, you get the feeling that this team is totally hopeless, and that nothing will help the team improve.  I actually waited several hours before writing my game recap, then went back to look at the box score before I sat down to write this.  I can’t say that I’m optimistic for the team over the next month, but my optimism is still there for when...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/25/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won 6-1 against Louisville, led by a Brad Lincoln gem, and some great hitting by Steve Pearce and Neil Walker.  Lincoln pitched seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, with no walks and five strikeouts to get the win.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.  Jean Machi came on to close things out in the ninth, pitching a shutout inning, allowing a walk...

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Game 18 Live Blog: Pirates at Astros

Lineups: Pirates: 1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B2. Andrew McCutchen, CF3. Lastings Milledge, LF4. Garrett Jones, RF5. Ryan Doumit, C6. Jeff Clement, 1B7. Andy LaRoche, 3B8. Charlie Morton, P9. Bobby Crosby, SS Astros: 1. Michael Bourn, CF2. Jeff Keppinger, 2B3. Carlos Lee, LF4. Lance Berkman, 1B5. Hunter Pence, RF6. Pedro Feliz, 3B7. J.R. Towles, C8. Tommy Manzella, SS9. Brett Myers, P Game 18:...

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Pirates call up Brian Burres and Brian Bass

UPDATE 12:24 PM: The 2010 40-man roster/payroll page is updated with the moves.UPDATE 12:12 PM: Rob Biertempfel reports that Brandon Jones has been designated for assignment. That clears a spot for Bass on the 40-man roster.UPDATE 12:04 PM: Rocco DeMaro reports that Daniel McCutchen was optioned to AAA, and Chris Jakubauskas was placed on the disabled list to make room for Burres and Bass on the 25-man roster.  No...

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Pirates Notebook: Rotation Woes

The Pirates have some interesting situations coming up in the next week with their starting rotation.  Charlie Morton is scheduled to make the start tomorrow against the Astros, and Zach Duke is scheduled to go up against Milwaukee on Monday.  After that, things get kind of tricky. Tuesday’s starter is scheduled to be Daniel McCutchen.  However, McCutchen isn’t exactly going on five days rest.  After...

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