• Pirates Notebook: Gerrit Cole Dominates, But Don’t Expect Him To Make the Team

    Gerrit Cole struck out six in three shutout innings today. Gerrit Cole didn't have much trouble taking on Spain. The right-hander threw three shutout innings in his second Spring Training appearance, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out six. He was sitting 94-97 MPH, and throwing mostly fastballs. He didn't need...

  • Pirates Notebook: Clichés Are True in the Short Term, Useless in the Long Term

    A.J. Burnett "got his work in" today. It's very cliché. You hear it all the time during Spring Training right after a starter had a bad outing. "This is one of those outings in Spring Training, you walk away, you say he got his work in, you move on," Clint Hurdle said...

  • Pirates Notebook: A Comeback For Jose Tabata, Or A Small Sample Size?

    Jose Tabata has three doubles and a homer so far in Spring Training. Spring Training usually means two things. One is that you'll hear a lot of stories about how a player is reviving their career. This comes in many forms. There's the "best shape of his life" talk. Sometimes it has...

  • Pirates Notebook: Gaby Sanchez Plays Third; Sands Talks Power

    In the second half of Thursday’s blow-out loss to the Boston Red Sox, the Pittsburgh Pirates sent Gaby Sanchez out to play third base. The infielder has played third base in the past, with his last appearance at the position coming in 2009 in Triple-A. The playing time didn’t start today. The...

  • Pirates Notebook: Leroux Getting His Strength Back; Burnett’s Spring Prep

    Chris Leroux lost some velocity and relied on his slider more in 2012 due to his strained pectoral injury. When I was looking over Chris Leroux's stats for the 2013 Annual, I noticed two red flags in his pitch selection. First, I noticed that he was leaning more on his slider in...

  • Pirates Notebook: Burnett and McCutchen Finish With Ovations

    A.J. Burnett didn’t have his best stuff in the final game of the 2012 season on Wednesday, but that didn’t stop the home crowd from giving him a standing ovation when he walked off the mound in the two-run sixth inning. The frame was highlighted with a pinch-hit single to leadoff the inning from...

  • Pirates Notebook: Correia’s Final Start as a Bucco?

    Kevin Correia walked off the mound with two-outs in the seventh inning to a warm applause from the home crowd at PNC Park. The right-hander held the postseason bound Atlanta Braves to just one run in what is likely his final start as a Pittsburgh Pirate. “I don’t think about any contract...

  • Pirates Notebook: Locke Gets First Big League Win in Final Start

    It took a while –10 big league starts and 67.2 innings to be exact — for Jeff Locke to notch his first Major League win, but the lefty rookie was able to get that notch that in his solid final start of the 2012 season. Locke has come a long way from the left-hander...

  • Pirates Notebook: Twenty

    Heading in to 2012 it was 19-consecutive losing seasons since the Pirates have fielded a winning team in Pittsburgh. And after a painful loss from a blown save and a bad base running blunder, that streak was extended to twenty. From where the Pirates were on July 28th — sitting at 58-42...

  • Pirates Notebook: McPherson Makes A Lasting Impression

    Kyle McPherson may have only thrown 20.1 innings in the Majors before taking the mound on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, but the 24-year-old looked nothing like a rookie against the National League Central best Cincinnati Reds. Looking to make a lasting impression in his final start of the 2012 season, and to put himself...

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