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 has given quality starts, but the bats need to step up. “They’re gong to have to find a way to score more runs without a shadow...

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Pirates Notebook: Two More Starters to Join Club By End of April
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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 arms could be making their way to join the club as well. On Sunday, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said that right-hander A.J. Burnett could be ready to join the Pirates by the end of April. Also, righty Charlie Morton, who is making a rehab start on Monday, could be with Pittsburgh even sooner. The 35-year-old Burnett,...

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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 plate, Pittsburgh never saw first place again after being near the top for the first four months of the season. The team...

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Pirates Notebook: Final Roster Moves Remain

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 club’s only lefty in the ‘pen. Moskos, 24, had a solid spring with the Pirates. He allowed one earned run on six hits over 9.0 innings with five walks and nine strikeouts over nine appearances. He will...

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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. 19th, the team — which started with 58 players (18 were non-roster invites) — has pleased Pirates...

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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 pitcher.  “It’s kind of one less thing to worry about,” Leroux said. “I’m kind of just going at hitters and here’s...

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