Nancy Zinni

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Cain, Black, And More

    Continuing to look at some of the pitchers in the Pirates' minor league organization:

    Colton Cain  --  L/L,  6' 3", 225 lb
    Cain was the Pirates' 8th round draft pick in 2009.  He began his pro career in 2010, after having had back surgery in the previous winter.  Cain...

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    Indians Shut Out, Nieve Released

    Iron Pigs  3,  Indians  0
    The Indians' pitching staff threw 7 solid shut-out innings, but the Iron Pigs rallied for 3 runs in the 8th to take the win.  An RBI double, an Indians' error, and a sacrifice fly brought in Lehigh Valley's runs.  Starter Jeff Karstens pitched...

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    Three Hits For Cedeno With Indy; Olson Debuts For Pirates

    Iron Pigs  6,  Indians  5

    The Indianapolis Indians ended their 4-game spring training winning streak with a loss today to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.  Pirates' Ronny Cedeno came to minor league camp to DH in the game and posted 3 hits for the Tribe.  OF Andrew...

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    Atkins Released; Thomas And Nieve To Minors

    The reassignments were not as sweeping as some had thought they'd be, but the Pirates did make three roster moves this morning:

    Garrett Atkins was given an unconditional release.  He had signed with the Pirates as a minor league free agent over the off-season, and had been in competition...

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Taillon, Von Rosenberg And More

    Continuing to work our way up the Pirates' minor league pitching ranks... Zacharys today...

    Jameson Taillon  --   R/R,  6' 6",  225 lb
    Everyone knows about Taillon, the Pirates' #1 draft pick in 2010.   Taillon, who is 19 years old, has a mid-to-high 90's fastball and a hard curve,...

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    Morton Looks Good, As Does Owens

    Pirates  3,  Astros  1
    Starter Charlie Morton continued to show the Pirates' management that he belongs in the starting rotation with a 6-inning shutout performance today in Kissimmee, Florida.  Morton scattered 4 hits over his 6 innings and did not walk a batter.  He struck out 5 Astros....

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Sullivan, Rodriguez, And Friends

    Continuing to look at Pirates' pitchers in the lower levels of the organization:

    Jarryd Sullivan  --  R/R,  6' 0",  181 lb
    The 21-year-old Sullivan came to the Pirates out of the new Australian Baseball Academy.  He has a fastball in the high 80's, a curve, and a strong changeup....

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    2011 Prospect Watching: Allie, Archibald, Trepagnier, And Friends

    Continuing to look at some of the pitchers in the Pirates' lower minor league organization.  Today we consider five more of the Pirates' 2010 draft picks.

    Stetson Allie --  R/R,  6' 4",  225 lb
    Allie was the second round pick in the draft, coming out of high...

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    Indians Top Yankees; Pirates’ Top Red Sox

    Indianapolis Indians  7,  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees  2
    The Indians had both the pitching and the hitting tuned up this afternoon as they defeated the Yankees at Bradenton.   SS Jordy Mercer, 2B Josh Harrison, and C Eric Fryer each drove in two runs.   The scoring started when Harrison tripled in...

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    Busy Day For Pirates; Indians Win 8-3

    The Pirates had a busy Spring Training day today:
    LHP (starter) Garrett Olson was claimed off waivers from Seattle.  Olson is a 27-year-old California native who was the Orioles' 1st round pick in the 2005 draft.  He made his major league debut in July 2007, and split both the 2007 and...