Nancy Zinni

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    Fields Traded, Pirates Lose Last Florida Game

    Twins  4,  Pirates  3
    The Pirates finished their Grapefruit League action with an 11-20 record, as they now head north to Pennsylvania, where they will play 2 games against the Philliies in Philadelphia.  Reliever Anthony Claggett suffered a Blown Save and the Loss, as he gave up 2 runs in...

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    Pearce Is On, Pirates Win On Error

    Pirates  5,  Rays  4
    The Pirates won on a walk-off error in the bottom of the 9th inning this afternoon in Bradenton.  Pittsburgh had been leading 4-3 going into the top of the 9th, but a solo homer by Rays' John Jaso tied the score, and made reliever Chris Leroux...

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Strickland, Irwin, And More

    Continuing to look at the Pirates' minor league pitchers, moving upward in the organization:

    Hunter Strickland  --   R/R,  6' 5",  200 lb
    Strickland was the Red Sox' 18th round pick in the 2007 draft, and he was traded to the Pirates in July 2009 in the deal involving...

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Miller, Lorin, McPherson, And Welker

    Moving on up the chain, looking at the Pirates' pitching prospects.  There are a big pile of pitchers who seem to "belong" at A level West Virginia this season, and there is just not going to be enough room for everyone.  Some will have to go to State College, some...

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    Crotta Gives Up A Run, More Reassignments

    Yankees  4,  Pirates  2
    Reliever Mike Crotta, who had not given up a run up 'til today, surrendered his first spring training run this afternoon in Tampa.  Crotta came on to pitch the final inning, with the Yankees already ahead 3-2.  He gave up a single, a sacrifice bunt, and...

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Ramos, Baca, Sadler, And Ennis

    Continuing to work our way up through the pitchers in the Pirates' minor league organization:

    Jhonathan Ramos  --  L/L,  5' 8",  156 lb 
    Ramos is a 21 year old Venezuelan native, who split the 2010 season between State College and West Virginia.  After some time in extended spring training,...

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    More Reassignments And Another Loss


    Rays  9,  Pirates  5
    The Pirates out-hit the Rays 10-9 this afternoon in Port Charlotte, Florida, but the Rays made the most of their opportunities and took the win.  The Pirates got busy in the top of the 1st, when Pedro Ciriaco, in center field again, opened the game...

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    Walker Goes 4-For-4 But Pirates Fall

    Orioles  11,  Pirates  7
    The Orioles pounded out 15 hits, including 3 homers, to the Pirates' 8 hits (and 4 home runs) this evening, as the Pirates lost in Sarasota, Florida.  2B Neil Walker took care of half of the hits and half of the homers for the Pirates --...

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Stevenson, Cumpton, And Pals

    Continuing our visit with some of the pitchers in the Pirates' minor league organization:

    Trent Stevenson --  Bats L / Throws R,  6' 6",  175 lb
    The Pirates chose Stevenson in the 7th round of the 2009 draft.  The Scottsdale, AZ native reported to the GCL Pirates to begin...

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    Homers for Alvarez and McCutchen In Pirates’ Loss

    Astros  10,  Pirates  6
    The Astros and the Pirates had a hit-fest this afternoon in Bradenton, combining for 30 hits (14 for the Pirates).  But even with a solo homer by 3B Pedro Alvarez and a 2-run blast by CF Andrew McCutchen, it wasn't enough for the Pirates to take...

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