Nathan Baker Solid in Double-A Debut

Left-hander Nathan Baker was solid in his Double-A debut for the Altoona in the Curve’s 4-2 win on Friday. The prospect allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits over five innings. Baker walked one and struck out five while throwing 79 pitches, 50 for strikes. “It was great,” Baker said after his outing. “I had a lot of support for me today. Tony [Sanchez] was awesome behind the dish tonight. Every pitch he...

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A.J. Burnett Throws 67 Pitches in a Rehab Start With Bradenton

On Sunday, Pittsburgh Pirates’ starter A.J. Burnett made his first appearance in a game situation, throwing three innings during an intrasquad game at Pirate City. He was scheduled to throw his next game tonight in high-A Bradenton. Rather than stick around in Bradenton for the week, the right-hander had a detour to make, traveling up to Pittsburgh for Opening Day. “I didn’t want to miss it,” Burnett said of...

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Hanson Leads Big Offensive Night For West Virginia

West Virginia dropped a seesaw affair in their opener, 11-9.  The Power fell behind, 6-1, in the second inning, as Nick Kingham recorded only five outs.  They came back to take a 9-6 lead, but allowed five more runs, with Rinku Singh giving up the last two to take the loss. Kingham’s main problem was uncharacteristic wildness.  He wasn’t missing by a lot, but he opened the game with seven straight balls and fell behind...

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Bradenton Marauders Notebook: Strong Play From Gift

The Bradenton Marauders took their first game of the season tonight against the St. Lucie Mets, winning 3-2 in the 11th inning on a walk off hit by pitch by Stefan Welch. The Mets loaded the bases with one out to bring up Welch, who spent the last three years playing for St. Lucie. The first pitch thrown hit Welch in the leg, bringing home Gift Ngoepe from third for the win. STRONG ALL AROUND PLAY FROM GIFT Gift Ngoepe had a great...

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Prospect Notebook: Strickland Goes Five in Marauders Scrimmage

The Bradenton Marauders played a scrimmage game tonight at McKechnie Field, opening the event to the public free of charge. Hunter Strickland made the start for the Marauders, pitching five in the seven inning contest. The Marauders were playing players from extended Spring Training, mostly those who will be ticketed for the State College Spikes roster this summer. Strickland, however, was pitching against the Marauders’ lineup....

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Bradenton Eliminated in 10th Inning

The Bradenton Marauders were eliminated from the first round of the 2011 Florida State League playoffs tonight when the St. Lucie Mets pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, winning 4-3.  Nathan Baker provided the third straight strong start for Bradenton, but the offense which scored ten runs last night couldn’t built a big lead against the Mets tonight. St. Lucie took an early lead in the second...

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