Tom Bragg

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Runs Tough to Come By in Burnett Starts

    A.J. Burnett has pitched like a staff ace so far in 2013 but does not have the record to show for it. The Pirates scored three or fewer runs in seven of A.J. Burnett's 10 starts prior to Friday. Photo Credit: David Hague Granted, wins and losses are not good statistics to...

  • Injury Updates
    Karstens Feels Pain While Rehabbing Shoulder

    Jeff Karstens is coming back to Pittsburgh for an evaluation after feeling pain in his right shoulder while throwing Friday, according to a report by Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Jeff Karstens felt pain in his right shoulder while rehabbing on Friday. Karstens had been rehabbing the injured shoulder with Triple-A...

  • Analysis
    Snider’s Grand Slam Explodes Twitter, Or Does It?

    I think one of the great things about the way we use technology to follow sports is the ability to take a step back and observe the way the masses react to memorable moments. In the case of Travis Snider's grand slam in the sixth inning of the Pirates' 5-4 win against...

  • Analysis
    Barmes Makes Adjustment, Improves at the Plate

    The common (and mostly correct) assessment of what Clint Barmes brings to the Pirates is that he's a player who provides a capable defensive option at shortstop but brings little to the table with his bat. One just needs to look to his 0 for 3 performance on Sunday against Houston to...

  • Injury Updates
    Huntington: Decision To Be Made on Karstens; McDonald and Morton Updates

    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington made a rare appearance in Charleston, W.Va. for Sunday's game between the Lexington Legends and the West Virginia Power and I (along with the Charleston Daily Mail's Derek Redd, who covers the Power in addition to Marshall University sports) got the chance to ask him a few...

  • Game Recaps
    Snider Goes Swimming as Pirates Pound Brewers 7-1

    Let’s not mince words. The Pirates¬†pummeled¬†Milwaukee on Thursday. It was a strange game, to say the least. Just to give you an idea of how strange I’ll share this note I jotted down during Pittsburgh’s four-run sixth inning. “Pedro Alvarez stole a base. Clint Barmes smashed an RBI off the wall. Justin...

  • Analysis
    Injury Update: Morton, Karstens and McDonald

    A quick update on some of the Pirates' pitchers recovering from injury: Jeff Karstens is scheduled to start for Altoona on Saturday. -- Charlie Morton pitched Thursday for Altoona, going four innings while allowing two hits (both home runs) and two runs (both earned) with one walk and one strikeout. Pittsburgh manager...

  • Game Recaps
    Rodriguez Works Out of Trouble, Beats Brewers

    There was a moment in Wednesday’s game between the Pirates and Brewers at PNC Park when it seemed like Milwaukee was poised to break through against Pittsburgh starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez. Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy opened the fourth inning with a triple that Jose Tabata appeared to have trouble making a clean...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Pregame: Alvarez, Barmes Sit Against Gallardo

    Pedro Alvarez and Clint Barmes will both sit today in favor of Brandon Inge and recently-recalled Jordy Mercer. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the move was made because Alvarez and Barmes historically have struggled against Milwaukee starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo. Clint Barmes is out of the lineup against the Brewers and pitcher...

  • Game Recaps
    Horseshoe Is On the Other Foot as Pirates Walk Off on Brewers

    Milwaukee always seems to have luck on its side when the Brewers play Pittsburgh. Not on Tuesday. Andrew McCutchen hit a solo home run off Mike Fiers in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Pirates a come-from-behind 4-3 win against Milwaukee at PNC Park. McCutchen had previously hit two...

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