• Pirates Notebook: Presley, Tabata to Share Leadoff Spot

    Throughout Grapefruit League action, Alex Presley got the majority of the starts batting leadoff. Jose Tabata followed in the two spot. The trend continued into the regular season with Presley hitting first for the first three games. But on game four of the season, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle decided to switch the lineup up,...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bucco Bats Need to Step Up

    The Pirates have had a tough start to the season, facing some pretty talented starting pitchers. Of the four they’ve faced, three of them have won a Cy Young Award. Despite seeing pitchers duels so far in 2012, the club has managed to win two of the four games. The Pirates’ starting pitching...

  • Pirates Notebook: Two More Starters to Join Club By End of April

    PITTSBURGH, PA. — The Pirates starting pitchers so far this season have been impressive. But two more...

  • Pirates Notebook: Finish

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Finish. One word which means so much to the Pittsburgh Pirates. After siting in first place on July 25th last season, and posting a 53-47 record, the Pirates fell hard out of the standings. Having lost to the Atlanta Braves in 19 innings on the 26th with a controversial call at the...

  • Pirates Notebook: Final Roster Moves Remain

    Hughes is battling for one of the final spots in the pirates bullpen this spring Lefty Tony Watson will make the Pirates Opening Day roster for the first time in his professional career. After the club decided to option fellow southpaw Daniel Moskos to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Watson will be the...

  • Pirates Notebook: Hurdle Pleased with Spring Training Work

    Only two games remains for the Pirates during spring training. After the Bucs beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 in Dunedin, Fla., the team flew to Philadelphia, where they will face the Phillies for a two-game exhibition series. After pitchers and catchers had their first official workout at Pirate City in Bradenton on Feb....

  • Pirates Notebook: Leroux Losing Changeup

    PITTSBURGH, PA. -- After striking out two batters over a perfect inning of relief against the Baltimore Orioles at McKechnie Field on Saturday, Chris Leroux said after the game that he is dropping the change-up. Leroux was told to lose the change, and will look to going back to being a power...

  • Pirates Notebook: Hague Continues Strong Case to Break Camp with Pirates

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- He's been told that he doesn't have enough home run power to play first base in the Majors, but so far this spring, Matt Hague has been hitting balls over the fences. The 26-year-old, who is in his first big league spring training camp, went 2-for-4 against the Tampa...

  • Pirates Notebook: With Morton on DL, Roster Decisions Loom

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- After placing right-hander Charlie Morton on the disabled list to start the 2012 season, Huntington said the decision to carry an extra bench player, rather than an arm, is still in discussion. Instead of carrying 12 pitchers, the Pirates could decide to use 11 arms (four starters and seven relievers) and 14 position players...

  • Pirates Notebook: Harrison Feeling Comfortable at Shortstop

    Photo by Mark Olson PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Over 18 games during Grapefruit League action, Josh Harrison has played at third, second and shortstop. Harrison, 24, is making progress at short during spring training. He is battling for a backup utility role, which would include playing games at short when Clint Barmes needs rest. "He’s making progress,"...

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