Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Outfield

It should be an interesting season for the Pirates outfield. At one position you have a perennial All-Star entering the prime of his career with the weight of a fan base on his shoulders. At another position you have a raw talent entering his first full major league season and a potential revolving door at the other outfield position. Let’s start with what we know: Andrew McCutchen — Center Field It’s no secret that...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Starting Rotation

The Pirates starting rotation shaped up to be a battle for one spot, but Jeff Karstens started having shoulder problems. Karstens appears likely on his way to a spot on the disabled list to start the season, which opened up another place in the rotation. A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez and James McDonald have all been penciled in in the top three spots for a while now, and word came in the middle of the week that Jonathan Sanchez would...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Infield

With Opening Day less than a week away and Spring Training coming to a close in Florida, it seems like an appropriate time to take a look at what the Pirates will put on the field next Monday when the Cubs visit PNC Park. The idea is to do one of these each day. I’ll break down the outfield, starting rotation, bullpen, bench and infield (today’s installment) individually. These are by no means meant to be a definitive prediction of...

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Hanson Returns, Kingham Leaves Early for West Virginia

Alen Hanson returned from his injury sustain last Friday for West Virginia on Tuesday. Hanson was the Power’s designated hitter, going 0-for-2 with a walk in a 4-3 loss to Greensboro. Gregory Polanco was still missing from the lineup after also going down with injury last Friday. Manager Rick Sofield said he expects Polanco to be out at least another week and that he had his foot in a boot and had not been participating in...

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Jose Osuna Had Historic July For West Virginia

Pretty much all discussion about production in the West Virginia Power lineup starts with the names of shortstop Alen Hanson and outfielder Gregory Polanco. Jose Osuna, however, might need to be added to that list. Osuna, who primarily plays first base for West Virginia, had a historic July for the Power. His nine home runs in the month of July tied a club record previously set by Mat Gamel (May 2006), Stephen Chapman (July 2007) and...

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