Notes: Jack Taschner returns, Barthmaier, Aguero, Moreno injury updates

A few notes before the game tonight… -The Pirates activated Jack Taschner from the 15-day disabled list last night, and optioned Steven Jackson to AAA. -Jimmy Barthmaier has been moved from Bradenton to Altoona in his rehab assignment.  Barthmaier made two appearances with Bradenton, combining for three innings, one run, one hit, no walks, and one strikeout. -Ramon Aguero started his rehab assignment with Bradenton....

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What is the 2010 draft budget?

An important topic with the upcoming draft will be the budget the Pirates have to sign players.  In the past two years, the Pirates have shelled out $18.7 M in bonuses, which ranks number one in the majors.  They’ve taken two different approaches, first shelling out big money for Pedro Alvarez, then drafting for signability with Tony Sanchez, and in each case they ended up spending around $9 M or more a year. In 2008...

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Leftover Ronald Uviedo Videos

I’ve seen Ronald Uviedo pitch live twice this year, and I was holding on to the videos in anticipation of seeing him again, or in the event that he would be promoted to AAA.  With today’s trade of Uviedo to the Toronto Blue Jays for Dana Eveland, I figured it’s now or never with the videos. There are two innings here.  The first inning was on April 13th against Richmond, in Altoona.  Uviedo faced four...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/1/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis finished their suspended game from yesterday, losing 4-3 to Gwinnett.  Daniel McCutchen pitched three innings, allowing three runs on three hits, with four walks and no strikeouts.  Anthony Claggett allowed one run in 3.1 innings, with two hits, one walk, and four strikeouts.  Justin Thomas added 0.2 perfect innings, with a strikeout, and Brian Bass pitched a shutout inning....

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Game 53 Live Blog: Pirates vs Cubs

Lineups: Pirates: 1. Andrew McCutchen, CF 2. Neil Walker, 2B 3. Lastings Milledge, LF 4. Garrett Jones, RF 5. Bobby Crosby, 1B 6. Ryan Doumit, C 7. Andy LaRoche, 3B 8. Ronny Cedeno, SS 9. Jeff Karstens, P Cubs: 1. Kosuke Fukudome, RF2. Starlin Castro, SS3. Xavier Nady, 1B4. Tyler Colvin, CF5. Alfonso Soriano, LF6. Mike Fontenot, 2B7. Jeff Baker, 3B8. Koyie Hill, C9. Ted Lilly, P...

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